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Man sentenced to 18 years for assaulting Gila River teen

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A 22-year-old Phoenix man, and member of the Gila River Indian Tribe, was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison Monday for aggravated assault. On April 9, 2009, Anthony Wapeta pleaded guilty to assault of a minor while using a dangerous weapon (a handgun) resulting in serious bodily injury, according to a Office of the United States Attorney District of Arizona news release. The assault happened on June 15, 2008 at the teenage victim's home in the Gila River Indian Reservation.

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