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Judge Humetewa hands down sentence in Indian child abuse case





Diane Humetewa
Diane Humetewa

Judge Diane Humetewa, the first Native American woman to serve on the federal bench, presided over an Indian child abuse case.

Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, sentenced Christopher Earl Terry to 8.5 years in prison for injuring an infant on the Gila River Indian Community. She also imposed three years of supervised release.

Terry, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse. He injured a boy he was taking care of on the reservation.

"In deciding the sentence, Judge Humetewa rejected Terry’s contention that he injured the child during rough play, and instead noted his 'egregious” conduct,'" the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona said in a press release.

Humetewa was confirmed by the Senate in May.

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Arizona man gets prison term for child abuse (AP 8/22)

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