Lupton Navajo man gets five years in federal prison for robbery

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LUPTON, AZ – United States District Judge Susan M. Brnovich sentenced Dominic Tyah Watchman, 20, of Lupton, Arizona, to 66 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release on November 2, 2022. Watchman previously pleaded guilty to robbery. 

The 82-year-old victim was approached by Watchman at a rest stop in Lupton, Arizona, on November 7, 2021, and asked for his keys. When the victim refused, Watchman pepper sprayed him, knocked him to the ground, and fled the rest stop in the victim’s vehicle.

An investigation was conducted in this case by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina J. Reid-Moore, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

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