Violent Crime Prosecution: Peach Springs Man Indicted on Assault and Firearm Charges.
Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel announced that on Jan. 24, 2012, a federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a five-count indictment against Cooper Price Susanyatame, 19, of Peach Springs, Ariz. The indictment charges Susanyatame with violations of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, use of a firearm in a crime of violence, and possession of an unregistered firearm. The allegations in the indictment stem from the previously filed complaint, which alleges that on Dec. 25, 2011, on the Hualapai Nation Indian Reservation, Susanyatame fired a .22 caliber rifle through the window of a neighboring home, missing a juvenile victim who was playing outside near the window and striking an adult victim in the back of the head while she was standing in a hallway inside the home. The adult victim was airlifted to a Las Vegas Hospital, where the bullet was extracted from her scalp. If convicted for the assault and unregistered firearm offenses, Susanyatame faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentence for use of a firearm in a crime of violence must run consecutive to any other sentence, with a maximum penalty of life in prison.