Sample Block

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Arizona

For Immediate Release

September 21, 2011

Ann Birmingham Scheel, United States Attorney

Contact: Manny Tarango

A Second Tohono O’Odham Man Sentenced to 11 Years Imprisonment for Shooting at Probation Officers

TUCSON, Ariz. – Norman Garcia, 25, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Frank R. Zapata to 11 years imprisonment. The defendant and his brother, Pancho Garcia, 28, were found guilty by a federal jury on March 21, 2011, of two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence. Pancho Garcia, 28, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on July 27, 2011.

On March 29, 2010, the victims – a Pima County Juvenile Probation Officer and a volunteer intern with the Pima County Juvenile Probation Department – were attempting to conduct a welfare check on a juvenile who resided on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. In attempting to locate the juvenile, the victims knocked on the door of the residence of brothers Pancho and Norman Garcia, but received no response.

This defendant chased down and fired a gun at two public servants for no reason, other than, they erroneously knocked on his door, said Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel. >q>Senselessly endangering people’s lives is unacceptable and the term of eleven years in prison serves as a necessary lesson.

The brothers, both members of the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation, saw the victims’ vehicle leave their residence and pursued them in separate vehicles in an attempt to run the victims’ vehicle off the road. While chasing the victims on the reservation, Norman Garcia fired one shot at the victims with a .45 caliber handgun, and Pancho Garcia fired two shots at the victim with another .45 caliber handgun. The bullets struck the victims' vehicle, but neither victim was hit.

The investigation in this case was conducted by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Tucson Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Angela W. Woolridge, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson.


RELEASE NUMBER: 2011-214(Garcia)