Kaibeto man sentenced in Navajo officer’s death

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) August 2012

An Arizona man charged with killing a Navajo Nation police sergeant has been sentenced to 35 years in federal prison.

A U.S. District Judge in Phoenix also ordered 49-year-old Victor Bigman of Kaibeto (KY’-bih-toh) to serve five years of supervised release after his prison term.

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Bigman pleaded guilty in April to a lesser charge of second-degree murder. His change of plea came 19 days before the scheduled start of his trial in Phoenix.

Bigman originally faced a charge of first-degree murder in the June 25, 2011 shootout on the reservation with tribal police Sgt. Darrell Curley.  

Prosecutors had alleged that Bigman shot Curley four times as he tried to arrest his sons, killing him. Curley returned fire, wounding Bigman.