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Defendant sentenced for deadly shootout in Ahwatukee

Warren Evan Jose, 38, of Tucson was a part of a chaotic automobile chase in 2019 that killed one in every of his co-conspirators.

PHOENIX — Editor’s Note: The above video is from an earlier broadcast in 2019.

An Arizona man has been sentenced to 36 years in federal jail for making a “vile attempt to kill” federal brokers throughout a deadly shootout in Ahwatukee three years in the past.  

Warren Evan Jose, 38, of Tucson was sentenced final week after pleading responsible to a number of crimes dedicated on April 11, 2019, in the Valley. 

Jose and two co-conspirators have been making an attempt to move undocumented migrants to Phoenix when Homeland Security Investigations brokers confronted them. 

A automobile chase ensued, ensuing in one of many automobiles crashing by way of a brick wall. Jose started firing an AK-47-style firearm throughout the chase and got here near taking pictures the HSI brokers, in keeping with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Arizona.

Theresa Medina-Thomas, who was driving Jose’s automobile, was killed throughout the shootout with legislation enforcement.

Agents later discovered two undocumented migrants in the suspect’s automobile. One of them informed investigators they have been picked up from a stash home by Jose and his two co-conspirators, court docket information present.  

Prosecutors say Jose admitted to being beneath the affect of medication and alcohol on the day of the incident. 

Scott Brown, particular agent in cost of HSI Phoenix, mentioned Jose’s prolonged jail sentence is a testomony to the brokers who labored to “bring justice to a man for his vile attempt to kill the federal agents who were attempting to thwart his illegal activity.”  

“This sentence means the defendant will spend nearly the rest of his life in prison for his actions,” Brown mentioned in an announcement.

Jose pleaded responsible to the next offenses: Conspiracy to move unlawful aliens for revenue with endangerment throughout which demise resulted, two counts of assault on a federal officer with a harmful weapon, and two counts of discharge of a firearm throughout against the law of violence. 

Valentina Valenzuela, the co-defendant who survived the shootout, was sentenced in 2021 to 42 months in jail.  

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