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Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
Justice for All
September 2019
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery

Summer is winding down and kids are back in school, but temperatures will remain high for weeks to come. We have had far too many instances of children and pets left in parked vehicles this summer. Thankfully, we have not experienced another death in the months following the tragic death of a child left in a vehicle last April. I urge not only caregivers to increase their vigilance, but for all residents of our County to be aware and watch out for children and pets left behind in a vehicle.
In this issue, we’ll profile our Vehicular Crimes Bureau. You hear stories in the news nearly every day of fatal collisions, wrong-way drivers, extreme DUI and other motor vehicle felonies. These are the dedicated men and women who work tirelessly to seek justice in these cases. They truly make an impact on public safety in our Community.
We have a new member of our Victim Services team too and are excited to introduce you to Aiden, our new Victim Support K9 who just joined our Office last month.
With September, many of us resume our regular busy schedules. Our fall programs such as Friday Night Football Patrol have begun, and we hope to see you out at the game or at one of our other community events.
Have a safe and enjoyable September!

Bill Montgomery Signature

The MCAO Vehicular Crimes Bureau
Works to Keep Our Roadways Safe

Vehicular Crimes Bureau

News headlines in Maricopa County this year have included an extraordinary number of wrong-way driver stories. In fact, the Arizona Republic recently reported that Arizona has reached the same number of wrong-way driver fatalities so far in 2019 as it did for the entire year of 2018. Often these drivers are impaired and unfortunately many of the incidents end with a fatality and ultimately criminal charges.
One of the busiest areas of the Office, the Vehicular Crimes Bureau (VCB), prosecutes dangerous cases that include everything from leaving-the-scene felonies, to aggravated DUIs and vehicular homicides. Fourteen seasoned prosecutors, six paralegals and six administrative staff maintain complex caseloads in the Bureau, in addition to leading vehicular crimes training and presentations for law enforcement and others across the County.
Their hard work does not go unnoticed either, as many of these team members have received accolades and recognition this year from their peers and county and state-wide organizations. Members of VCB participate in DUI task forces, and prosecutors in the Bureau are on call 24/7 to assist law enforcement officers with fatal collision scene investigations. The Bureau also has a dedicated repeat offender program aimed at keeping drivers with multiple DUI offenses off the roads.
Led by Bureau Chief Aaron Harder and Assistant Bureau Chief Tiffany Brady, the Bureau reviews upwards of 4,000 cases annually, assigning more than 1,300 for prosecution. Arizona has some of the toughest impaired driving laws in the country, with many types of first-time offenses punishable by mandatory jail time. Serious or repeat offenses can result in significant incarceration time, the suspension or revocation of driving privileges, as well as mandatory interlock devices that prevent someone from operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Mugshot Umar Shuja Qureshi
Umar Shuja Qureshi

State v. Qureshi, CR2014-001042-001
Many cases that are prosecuted by the VCB involve fatalities and often these cases impact truly innocent victims. One such recent case, prosecuted by Martha Blackman and Ed Paine, involved defendant Umar Shuja Qureshi (D.O.B. 10-24-1987). On June 17, 2013, the defendant was a passenger in a motor vehicle driven by the victim. While driving, the defendant became upset at the victim for disciplining her young son (who was in the backseat). A furious Qureshi pulled on the steering wheel causing the victim to lose control and crash the vehicle, striking a concrete barrier. As a result of the crash, the victim’s six-year-old son was killed. Making this case even more challenging for the VCB prosecutors and paralegals was Qureshi’s history of mental illness. At one point early in the matter, following Qureshi bonding out of jail, he was arrested at the Canadian border.

In fact, in January of this year these same prosecutors convicted Qureshi of a vehicular aggravated assault, class 3 dangerous case he committed prior to the manslaughter. That case was based on speed only and while waiting for the verdict, Qureshi fled to Canada. Prosecutors were able to use two videos Qureshi posted on YouTube of himself driving recklessly and at high speeds. Then last month Qureshi was convicted of one count of manslaughter and two counts of reckless endangerment because of the 2013 crash. Sentencing in this matter is set for October and Qureshi faces a maximum of 27 years in prison.

Busier than Ever
From May to July this year, the VCB sentenced nearly 500 cases and assigned 334 cases for trial. The team had six jury trials and reviewed nearly 1,000 submittals for charging. The administrative support team in VCB is second to none, having nearly 60 years of combined years of service in the bureau. And despite being busier than ever, the administrative team also helped out with an important disposition project and still had time to process nearly 375 in-jail submittals and more than 500 basket case submittals. During the same time period, paralegals in the Bureau spent more than 330 hours reviewing and redacting important media and body worn camera footage and prepared and sent almost 700 discovery packets.
The paralegals are always on-call to assist with last minute trial needs, witness travel and trial notebooks. Collectively, the paralegals in Vehicular Crimes have more than half a century of experience with these types of cases and the unique challenges that come with prosecuting crimes involving motor vehicles. Deborah Weeter, lead paralegal in VCB sums up the significant work being done, “I’m so proud of the valuable work we do here. I started my career in the Office as an intern in the bureau and after a 6-month stint in Trial groups, came back to VCB. Vehicular is such a dynamic bureau. Our cases are unique and interesting with so many of them being in the public eye. The camaraderie and teamwork in our bureau make for a positive atmosphere and I truly enjoy every aspect of the cases and being a part of such a great team of attorneys, paralegals and administrative staff who strive each day to play our part in seeking justice.”
Setting a High Bar
VCB Bureau Chief Aaron Harder does not want to be assigned anywhere else in the Office, saying the VCB team is one of the strongest groups he has worked with. Aaron started his career as a bailiff in Maricopa Superior Court and remembers vividly watching the Jason Schechterle case in trial as he waited for his Arizona Bar License to be final. The Schechterle case had a profound impact on Aaron and cemented his decision to work in VCB even before he “officially” became a prosecutor. Jason Schechterle is a former Phoenix Police Officer who was in his parked cruiser when a cab driver struck the car at an estimated 100 miles per hour. The Ford Crown Victoria burst into flames trapping Schechterle inside. Schechterle spent more than two months in a medically induced coma and over the last 19 years has undergone more than 50 surgeries.
Watching this case unfold in the courtroom convinced Aaron that prosecuting defendants who commit these kinds of crimes—leaving behind truly innocent victims—is where he wanted to work. Aaron’s victims mean a lot to him, so much so he has pictures of many of them covering his office walls. Despite the gravity and circumstances of almost all the cases in the VCB, Aaron feels a kinship with every member of the team. “One of the reasons, in my humble opinion, that VCB is the best in the Office is because we are family and we are always there for each other, no matter the circumstances. Not only are we prosecuting important cases and achieving justice for victims and their families, we are spending time teaching other prosecutors and law enforcement officers the right way to do things.”
This year, VCB Prosecutor Martha Blackman received the 2019 Governors Office of Highway Safety Felony Prosecutor of the Year Award and VCB Prosecutor Kristin Starr received the 2019 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Prosecutor Award. Aaron and his team present regularly across the County on trial preparation and testimony and victims’ rights in vehicular cases. Each year nearly everyone in VCB gets out and participates in the Memorial Day DUI Taskforce and Valley Police Department’s DUI checkpoints over the July 4th holiday.
It is not uncommon for VCB prosecutors to be called out in the middle of the night to fatal collisions and vehicular crimes, and like the pictures of the victims on Aaron’s wall, all of these things are important to all the members of the VCB team and are what makes them proud to be part of such important work.
County Attorney Bill Montgomery agrees and appreciates everything the VCB team does for the people of Maricopa County, “Our cases affect everyone and often it is reckless actions by defendants that put the lives of innocent people at risk. The VCB team does a phenomenal job keeping these dangerous defendants off the streets and out of drivers’ seats.”

Congratulations Desert WAVE Robotics Team!

Desert WAVE Logo

In early August, the all-girl Desert WAVE (Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering) robotics team achieved First Place nationally and Third Place in the world in the RoboSub competition in San Diego. The 11-member team was formed by the Si Se Puede Foundation, as part of its STEM initiative to encourage more diversity in engineering fields.

Desert WAVE team's autonomous underwater vehicle, named Phoenix
Desert WAVE team's autonomous underwater vehicle, named Phoenix

The team’s autonomous underwater vehicle, named Phoenix, includes 10 thrusters as well as a passive sonar, Doppler velocity log, fiber optic gyroscope, and two cameras. Phoenix is capable of precise autonomous navigation, manipulating objects, locating the position of an acoustic signal, and classification via vision processing.
MCAO has supported the Si Se Puede Foundation’s STEM Robotics program for a number of years, awarding them annual RICO Community Grants to help the Foundation expand the program and assist with the purchase of needed equipment.
The Foundation has been providing an award-winning STEM robotics curriculum and fabrication instruction to approximately 300 students ages 8-18, attending Title 1 schools and living in underserved communities in Chandler and Phoenix, Arizona for 20 years. The program includes youth from 20 elementary/middle schools and high schools throughout Maricopa County.
“The Si Se Puede Foundation is proud of the partnership it has established with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and the support it has given to our STEM programs over the years,” said Alberto Esparza, Si Se Puede Foundation President. “These young women engineers have paved the way for girls to consider careers in the STEM fields. The stereotype that engineering is a playground for men has changed. They have shown a Si Se Puede attitude and are the role models of today.”
For more information on this incredible program, visit:

Desert WAVE Team with their autonomous underwater vehicle Phoenix
Desert WAVE Team with their autonomous underwater vehicle Phoenix

MCAO Welcomes New Victim Services K9

Aiden with toy

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has added a new member to its Victim Support K9 team. Meet Aiden!
Aiden, a Golden Retriever, was born on May 19, 2017. He has eight siblings and is part of the last litter born at Power Paws. Five of his siblings will be placed into service – with one sister who already knew her calling being placed into service over a year ago. Aiden and his brothers eased into training the first year. But after year one, Aiden proved to be the kind of conscientious, focused canine in training that is perfectly suited to help victims—especially children—to feel comforted throughout the often confusing and stressful court process.

Aiden was fostered with two volunteers and when he was ready for his placement status, he put on his service vest and sprinted into service. All who meet him agree: Aiden is a gentle soul, who is attentive and eager to serve.
Aiden is currently being handled by Child Advocacy Bureau Chief Belinda Torres. Belinda has been with MCAO for a year, coming off four years of experience as an Investigator and then Program Specialist/Supervisor for the Department of Child Safety, After Hours Investigations Unit. Before she and her family moved to Arizona in 2014, Belinda served as a Probation Officer with Canyon County Probation in Caldwell, Idaho.
“Aiden is such a sweet boy with a calming disposition and is an excellent addition to the MCAO K9 Program,” said Belinda.
Aiden joins MCAO’s K9 team which includes, Elle, Tori and Morgan.
Other notable changes in the last month for MCAO’s Victim Services Division are the promotion of Shawna Michie who was named the new Bureau Chief of Community Based East Advocacy Bureau. Susie Checkett is taking on additional responsibilities in her new role as the Assistant Division Chief of Victim Services. She will oversee the Administrative Professional Staff Bureaus, the Victim Information and Resource Bureau and work on Special Projects.

Aiden is currently being handled by Child Advocacy Bureau Chief Belinda Torres
Aiden with his handler, Child Advocacy Bureau Chief Belinda Torres

MCAO Receives Three
National Association of Counties (NACo)
Achievement Awards

 Maricopa County recognized all the National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award winners in a ceremony on August 28. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office won three of the 31 total awards bestowed upon Maricopa County.

NCAo Operation Double Check
Back Row: Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Maricopa County Manager Joy Rich
Front Row: Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Sex Crimes West Bureau Chief Frankie Grimsman, Special Victims Division member Terry Pederson, Chief Deputy Rachel Mitchell, Special Victims Division members Nancy Soyka and Jerry Fenton

Operation Double Check

“Operation Double Check” ensures that the home addresses of sex offenders are verified, especially if they re-offend and prepare to make another prosecution journey through the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. This program was created because many convicted sex offenders were putting false information on their registration paperwork and in some cases the offenders were claiming to be transient to avoid providing a permanent address.

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NACo Training and Travel App
Back Row: Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Maricopa County Manager Joy Rich
Front Row: Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Administration members Gayle Chavez and Catherine Martin, Chief Deputy Rachel Mitchell, Information Technology members Laura Freer and Sky Southwell

Training and Travel App

The “Training and Travel App,” an electronic solution created by MCAO employees, eliminates paper requests for training and travel. The digital travel app features easy functionality and provides the ability to make these kinds of requests electronically, tracking each request through each of the approval steps and generating a completed and signed form back to the requesting employee in record time.

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NACo Stand Up to Put Downs
Back Row: Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Maricopa County Manager Joy Rich and MCAO Detective John Byrd
Front Row: MCAO Lt. Sharon Gage, Community Based Prosecution West Bureau Chief Gina Godbehere, Community Affairs Members Joan Campbell and Rebecca Wilder, Chief Deputy Rachel Mitchell, Investigations Chief Karen Ashley, Community Affairs Martin Nowakowski and Juvenile West Bureau Chief Steve Mauger

Stand Up to Put Downs

“Stand Up to Put Downs” helps families, educators and students work together to not only help stop bullying but understand better the legal and social implications. The program provides parents and educators with a unique perspective on the consequences of bullying and is divided into three distinct categories: Part 1 is an overview and introduction of bullying by the MCAO Community Affairs Team; Part 2 is a detailed look at how law enforcement investigates bullying claims, how juvenile crimes differ from adult crimes, bullying-related offenses that can be reported to law enforcement and actions if parents/teachers/students experience or witness bullying; Part 3 is an overview of how the juvenile justice system works presented by long-time MCAO prosecutors.
Community Affairs Team Member Martin Nowakoswki is a proud member of the “Stand Up to Put Downs” team, “Every student deserves to feel safe and be protected from bullying. Our team through this program, is dedicated to educating people of all ages how to be vigilant and aware of the consequences of bullying.” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery agrees, “These awards solidify what I already know, everyone in our Office is making an important difference in the lives of children and families in Maricopa County. Congratulations!”

Keeping Inmates Out of Prison:
Programs in Pinal, Maricopa Counties Tackle Recidivism

By Chris Caraveo
“This article originally appeared in the Aug. 1, 2019 edition of the
Daily Independent and online at”

Prison systems in the nation may be far from perfect, and in some states, that is more of the case. According to a study by the PrisonEd Foundation, Arizona ranked No. 30 out of 45 states looked at to determine which are better at helping recently released inmates return to society. Arizona’s neighbors — California (No. 1), Nevada (No. 2), and New Mexico (5) — are way more friendlier to recently released inmates. PrisonEd looked at four different data points to determine which states are the friendliest to ex-prisoners. They include the number of reentry programs, background check stipulations, recidivism rates, and the population of current or former convicts. Each metric was standardized and weighted before being added together for a final score. Arizona’s three-year recidivism rate, 39.8%, is middle of the pack. The state has the 17th highest percentage of current and ex-prisoners, 7.5%. Arizona also does not have background check stipulations. However, Arizona is tied for the eighth most reentry programs with six. The U.S. contains 5% of the world’s population, yet houses 25% of the world’s prisoners, according to the American Psychological Association. This means the country incarcerates around 2.3 million people — or one in every 100 adults. “The U.S holding 25% of the world’s prisoners but only 5% of the world population implies that as a country, we don’t invest in our citizens that are imprisoned nor provide a prison system that reduces recidivism,” the PrisonEd Foundation told Daily Independent. “The treatment of prisoners throughout the history of the U.S has been focused on punishment and intimidation instead of education and rehabilitation. “Culturally, our country views prisoners as individuals who should be outcast from society, rather than work with prisoners to reconcile their actions and make lifelong improvements.” However, reentry programs are starting to be implemented in a variety of way across the country.
In Arizona, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office recently teamed up with Securus Technologies to bring electronic tablets to inmates at its Adult Detention Center. The goal is to prepare inmates with 21st century skills to help them when they are released. Inmates are now able to use tablets to help advance their education and gain new skills while they are incarcerated. “With tablets, inmates can stay in touch with family and keep their minds pre-occupied with educational and religious programming,” Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb stated. “We expect that it will help with behavior.” Securus offers the community tablets for free, and Mr. Lamb says they occupy the time of inmates in productive ways and allows inmates to have access to better opportunities. Officials believe one way the tablets will help inmates is through their job search application. The tablets require no staff intervention and also have applications giving inmates access to the phone, education, mental health, and the law library. “We hope this will help inmates better their lives while they are in our custody,” Mr. Lamb stated. “Our population is working with educators in our jail. They now have the opportunity to get a GED. We hope it will help with recidivism and makes them more employable. If you have a job, and you’re good at it, then you don’t have a reason to commit a crime and come back into my facility.” The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office’s Adult Detention Center houses an average of 500 inmates each day, according to a release. The agency has one tablet for every two inmates, PCSO Administrative Specialist Danny Bavaro said. They are available during daylight hours, and inmates don’t have them when they are locked up. PCSO says the Make Mine program helps improve facility efficiencies by providing personal access to make phone calls, search for jobs, and give greater access to books, educational materials and other content. “Some of our inmates have grown up with a mom and dad on drugs or alcohol. They’ve had it pretty rough growing up,” Mr. Lamb stated. “The podcasts teach them about life decisions, not falling into the same old traps of committing crimes and doing drugs.” PCSO believes having a healthy and strong support system is a good way for offenders to get back on the right path. All activities and forms of conversation on the tablets are monitored, a standard practice at all detention facilities. “They are allowed to contact pretty much whoever they want,” Mr. Bavaro said. “It is monitored and the inmates know that.”
For here in the Valley, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Bill Montgomery recently signed a contract with Southwest Behavioral Health and Services to provide treatment for certain felony offenders designated as seriously mentally ill, as a part of the Office’s Felony Pretrial Intervention Program. The first of its kind for Maricopa County and Arizona, the new program will be known as the FPIP-SMI Diversion Program. It is scheduled to begin Aug. 12, according to a press release. “By joining with Southwest Behavioral Health as a provider, we can better help those offenders whose criminal actions were likely influenced by mental illness,” Mr. Montgomery stated. “FPIP-SMI will work with participants to achieve a successful outcome, avoiding prosecution and potential incarceration. More importantly, it will result in people having greater access to mental health treatment and services.” The FPIP-SMI Diversion Program is designed for adult offenders who meet certain eligibility criteria. They must be designated seriously mentally ill as defined under Arizona Revised Statutes 36-550 and will be assessed using a validated Ohio Risk Assessment System. The ORAS assesses the offender’s risk to reoffend and identifies criminogenic needs. The provider may use additional assessment tools in conjunction with the ORAS to evaluate the offender’s specific clinical needs. If determined to be eligible, prosecution is suspended. Officials at the PrisonEd Foundation agreed that these programs go a long way towards helping inmates reenter society. “These are similar to reentry programs because these intervention programs are seeking to rehabilitate and provide a form of aid to individuals who have committed a crime before they reenter society,” the PrisonEd Foundation stated. “The Felony Pretrial Intervention program is looking to directly address the issue of helping those with mental health illnesses who have committed crimes. This program offers inmates who maintain their engagement in the program and complete the curriculum, a chance to be provided aid for their mental illness and support by dismissing eligible charges against them.”
In Spring 2018, the MCAO started the Diversion Program Bureau to focus on the development, performance and sustainability of prosecution-led diversion programs. The bureau is led by staff with extensive professional backgrounds in human services, specializing in serving the justice-involved population. Diversion programs allow prosecutors to divert certain felony cases into education and treatment programs that address the offender’s thinking patterns and decisions, as well as issues associated with substance abuse that led to their criminal behavior. The programs hold individuals accountable and provide strategies and community support for positive change. If the offender successfully completes the diversion program, charges will not be filed, or if they were already filed, they will be dismissed. If the offender is unsuccessful, they will return to traditional prosecution through the courts. “Sometimes ensuring justice in a case requires us to think outside of the box and look beyond simply seeking a conviction,” said Patricia Cordova, MCAO Diversion Program Bureau Chief. The newest program, Felony Pretrial Intervention Program, was created for participants charged with class 4, 5 and 6 non-drug possession felony offenses. The program began in July 2015, and from then through mid-April, more than 1,000 offenders have been referred to the program. The MCAO says there is a 70% successful completion rate by participants and only 4.1% of participants have gone on to commit a new offense. The program has also collected more than $145,000 in restitution for victims. Among the Foundation’s findings, Virginia has the lowest re-incarceration rates with 2,588 of the 11,576 felons released in 2013 being re-incarcerated within three years. Alabama has the most reentry programs at 19 and is ranked No. 4 overall. California, the state with the second-largest number of programs, has 13. The percent of adults who are current or ex-felons ranges from 2.5% in West Virginia to 13.5% in Florida.
The PrisonEd Foundation said funding given to a state can be one metric to study closely in future reports, along with the number of volunteer-based organizations. “Another metric to consider is state policies, specifically the effect of parole,” the Foundation stated. “This would address how often the state allows individuals to hold jobs while on parole and should consider restrictions such as, if they’re allowed to leave their home, and how that might affect their ability to hold down a job. These policies can greatly affect an individual’s reentry experience and can discourage those from continuing to improve.” Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon, and Texas were excluded from the ranking due to a difference in data reporting. The PrisonEd Foundation said other states might think about introducing programs focusing on enhancing one’s communication skills. “Often times, disputes occur from lack of communication or are resolved with violence,” the foundation stated. “Teaching inmates how to grow their interpersonal skills will also prepare them, upon release, for job interviews or higher education.” When looking at background check restrictions, most of the Top 10 friendly states for recently released inmates have some law keeping companies from going a certain amount of time into the past of a prospective employee. A background check restriction effectively prevents employers from discriminating against an individual on the sole basis that they have a criminal record. “By having a seven-year limit on a background check, this gives individuals a chance to be judged on their most recent qualifications rather than their previous mistakes in years past,” the PrisonEd Foundation stated. “The background restriction can also encourage ex-inmates to stay on track towards their rehabilitation journey and allow them an opportunity for a fresh start where their record won’t follow them for the rest of their lives.” In April, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office found the number of annual prison commitments fell from 8,004 in Fiscal Year 2010 to 5,550 in Fiscal Year 2017, a decrease of 30%. The state prison population is down a second year in a row and has seen negative growth six out of last 10 years, all during historic lows in crime. “We have achieved this drop without negatively impacting public safety by distinguishing between offenders who would best benefit from drug treatment or other recidivism reducing programs, and offenders responsible for the greatest amount of crime and acts of violence against our fellow Arizonans,” the MCAO stated.

As MCAO Concludes Annual
“Don’t Leave Me Behind” Campaign,
Continued Vigilance is Crucial to
Prevent Deaths in Hot Cars

As we set our hopes for a much cooler fall, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has reached the end of our summer-long Vehicular Heatstroke Campaign. Joined by our amazing partners at the Arizona Humane Society, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, we are happy that our community helped to ensure not another life was lost this summer.
As we await the relief of cooler temperatures it is important that we continue to be aware and keep practicing the message of “Don’t Leave Me Behind” as caregivers, pet owners and community members. Please remember that a vehicle’s interior can heat up 20 degrees in just ten minutes in our heat, and even if the temperature outside is only in the 60’s, inside a parked vehicle it can be more than 110 degrees. Children and pets are particularly vulnerable to heatstroke in hot cars because their body temperature can rise faster than a human adult.
After the tragic loss of a young girl’s life just prior to the launch of the campaign we urged our community to rally behind “NOT ONE MORE.” Now, after four months of raising awareness with the message of “Don’t Leave Me Behind” we are thankful to our community for their vigilance.
This summer, we saw a number of children and pets left in unattended parked cars… luckily none of these incidents became deadly. While many were disheartened to see those incidents occur in our Valley, we felt encouraged by the stories of the Good Samaritans who took action and ensured there was NOT ONE MORE.
In the cases where parents left young children behind, there was someone else in the community who knew to look for children and pets in cars in parking lots as they walked into stores. Our community was aware of the dangers of children and pets in hot cars and knew they had to intervene and call for help. We are thankful to everyone who took the time to be vigilant, looking out for the most vulnerable among us.

Vehicular Heatstroke

Students Pledging to be Drug and Alcohol Free
MCAO Kicks Off 9th Season of
Friday Night Football Patrol

FNFP 2019

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office kicked off the 2019 high school football season last Friday with its first game of its 9th season of Friday Night Football Patrol. Each week, for eight weeks, MCAO staff volunteers—and our partners at KISS-FM—will visit a different high school talking to students about living a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle and encouraging them to sign a pledge.
Students who sign the drug free pledge are entered into a drawing to win restaurant gift cards during lunchtime, and a $250 Visa gift card at the big game.

Upcoming Games:

Friday, September 6
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Campo Verde High School
3870 South Quartz Street
Gilbert, AZ 85297


Friday, September 13
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Raymond S. Kellis High School
8990 West Orangewood Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305


Friday, September 20
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cesar Chavez High School
3921 West Baseline Road
Laveen Village, AZ 85339


Friday, September 27
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Corona del Sol High School
1001 E Knox Rd
Tempe, AZ 85284


Friday, October 4
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Deer Valley High School
18424 N 51st Ave
Glendale, AZ 85308


Friday, October 18
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cortez High School
8828 N 31st Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85051


Friday, October 25
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
North High School
1101 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85014


FNFP Saint Mary's Game Check Presentation and Winner of the $250 Visa Gift Card

Cases of Community Interest

Mugshot Luis Madrigal

Luis Madrigal Sentenced to 20 Years For the Violent Murder of His Girlfriend

Luis Alberto Madrigal was sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to second degree murder for killing his girlfriend, 27-year-old Monique-Antwane Gemino, who was also the mother of his child.

“This sentencing can do no more than express our outrage as a community at the senseless loss of a young mother and the void left for her child,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

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Mugshot Dion Earl

Dion Earl Found Guilty on All Charges

Dion Earl was found guilty by a jury of sexual assault, sexual abuse, assault, public sexual indecency and two counts of kidnapping for his actions involving two victims he hired as babysitters.

“This verdict shows our commitment to holding this defendant accountable and seeking justice for the young girls he preyed on for his own selfish desires,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

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