Man pleads guilty in Navajo officer’s death

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) April 2012

An Arizona man charged with killing a Navajo Nation police sergeant has changed his plea in the case to guilty.

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Victor Bigman of Kaibeto (KY’-bih-toh) pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder.

He’ll face between 25 and 35 years in prison when he is sentenced in Phoenix on July 9.

Bigman had faced a first-degree murder charge and pleaded not guilty.

The charges stem from a late June 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.

Bigman’s trial had been scheduled to start April 24 in Phoenix.