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Arizona in Brief: Arizona man convicted in first-degree murder of girlfriend

Arizona man convicted in first-degree murder of girlfriend

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal jury has convicted an Arizona man for the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, and of other violent crimes including using a machete to assault two Navajo Nation police officers who arrived to investigate the killing.

Cosme Lopez, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, says in a Wednesday statement that 39-year-old Giordano Jackson was convicted Tuesday and will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa in February.

Both Jackson and his girlfriend were members of the Navajo Nation, along with the tribal police officers who were assaulted.

The woman was beaten to death outside Jackson’s home in September 2017 in a community called Teesto on the Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona’s northeast.

Jackson had a history of domestic violence involving the victim.

Arizona financial adviser gets 6 years for stealing

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General’s office says a former financial adviser has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for stealing money from dormant bank accounts.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that 36-year-old Steven Watson of Gilbert will also serve seven years of probation upon his release. Watson was an associate financial adviser at a local bank in 2014 when he developed a plan to steal money from dormant accounts.

The bank launched an investigation when it was contacted by the Salvation Army, which said it was supposed to get money from one account after its owner died.

Prosecutors working with FBI agents and a forensic accountant found Watson used about $169,528.23 in stolen money from that and two other accounts to pay for such things as vehicles and vacations.

Helicopter lifts injured hiker off South Mountain in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities in Phoenix performed a nighttime rescue by using a helicopter to airlift an injured hiker off South Mountain early Thursday morning.

Fire Capt. Rob McDade said the hiker injured an ankle Wednesday night and that a helicopter was used because the man wasn’t near enough to a paved road to be driven down.

The man was transported to a hospital.