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Tonalea man gets prison for assaulting tribal police officer

December 18, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — A Tonalea man has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for assaulting a Navajo Nation police officer.

Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Randell William Lane got a 26-month prison term Monday.

He also was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Phoenix to three years of supervised release.

Lane previously pleaded guilty to assault on a federal officer.

Authorities say a tribal police officer tried to arrest Lane on March 12 but he resisted, ran to his vehicle and grabbed a machete.

After the officer persuaded Lane to drop the machete, Lane reportedly lunged at the officer.

A struggle ensued with Lane trying to take the officer’s gun.

Lane was arrested after a second police officer arrived on the scene.

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