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Teen gets 30 years for murders, robbery

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Teen gets 30 years for murders, robbery

17-year-old pleaded guilty to crimes committed on Gila River Reservation

A 17-year-old was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison for murder and robbery on the Gila River Indian Reservation, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday.

Johnny Lopez, of Laveen, received a combined sentence after pleading guilty in separate cases to robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence, and second-degree murder, said Bill Solomon, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

According to the plea agreement, Lopez held a man at gunpoint and accomplices stole the man's vehicle on Feb. 20, 2010, Solomon said.

Lopez told the victim to walk into the desert or he would be shot and Lopez drove off in the man's vehicle, Solomon said.

Lopez was sentenced to 70 months for robbery, 120 months for the firearm charge, and five years supervised release following completion of his sentence, Solomon said.

In the murder case, Lopez entered the home of his mother's neighbor with a shotgun on July 20, 2010, and after a brief conversation with the occupants — a father and son — shot and killed both men. Later that night, Lopez had a friend bury the murder weapon, Solomon said.

Lopez was sentenced to concurrent terms of 20 years, five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $20,359.88 in restitution, Solomon said.

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