A Utah man has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison for an assault that occurred last year on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.
James Murray Jr., 26, pleaded guilty June 5 to assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced in Denver on Aug. 28 by U.S. District Court Judge John L. Kane.
According to the plea agreement, Murray, a member of Utah's Northern Ute tribe, hit two people in the head with a baseball bat.
The assault occurred about 1:20 a.m. June 29, 2008.
When police arrived, they found two victims bleeding from the head. They were taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center. One victim was then flown to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood to be treated for serious bodily injury.
The federal prison sentence will be served concurrently with sentences imposed for other crimes committed in La Plata County.
In addition to serving six years in prison, Murray must pay $47,166 in restitution to the victims and will spend three years on supervised release.
The case was investigated by the Southern Ute Police Department. It was prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorneys Dondi Osborne, Todd Norvell and Robert Mydans.