Sacaton man sentenced to 15 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter

November 3, 2017


Office of the United States Attorney

Press Release


PHOENIX – Today, Enrique Xavier Bandin, 21, of Sacaton, Ariz., a member of the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC), was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 15 years in prison. 


Bandin had previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.  A year ago, on Oct. 23, 2016, Bandin pistol-whipped the victim, also a GRIC member, in the head. 


The gun discharged, shooting the victim in the head.  Bandin left the victim’s body on the side of the road in the center of Sacaton, Ariz., a half a mile from the local hospital.  


The investigation in this case was conducted by the Gila River Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.


The prosecution was handled by Raynette Logan, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.