Perry Maryboy, a 59-year-old man from Bluff, Utah, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and four years of probation for the murder of an individual in Indian Country. The incident occurred in April 2018 when Maryboy argued with the victim on the side of the road. According to court documents, Maryboy refused to leave his car when approached by the victim, who then told him to do so. Allegedly, Maryboy exited his truck, grabbed a revolver, and fired two shots. While Maryboy claimed the shots were intended as warnings, the second shot struck the victim in the back of the head, resulting in his death. The victim’s common-law wife and her 7-year-old child witnessed the tragic event. Following the shooting, Maryboy fled the scene.
Senior U.S. Federal District Court Judge David Nuffer emphasized the severity of the crime, stating, “Taking a life without apparent justification is an extremely serious matter, and doing it in a violent way is extremely serious.” Maryboy was sentenced to 180 months on count one and 120 months on count two, totaling 300 months, according to the Attorney General’s office.
U.S. Attorney Trina A. Higgins for the District of Utah acknowledged the profound impact of Maryboy’s actions, expressing, “Mr. Maryboy’s violent act took the life of another person, causing great loss to his family and friends, who will bear the burden of this crime. That harm cannot be undone.” The case was jointly investigated by the FBI Salt Lake City Field Office’s Monticello Resident Agency, the Navajo Nation Police Department, and Navajo Nation Criminal Investigations.