Terry Goddard Announces Guilty Plea for Cattle Rustler

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 10, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Jason Lon Kirby, 34, of Datilo, New Mexico has pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of trafficking in stolen property in the first degree for cattle rustling in Arizona and Texas.  

“Cattle rustling is one of Arizona’s oldest crimes,” Goddard said. “And while we don’t hang rustlers anymore, we prosecute them to the fullest extent of modern law.”

Terry Goddard Reaches Agreement with Publishers Clearing House

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Sept. 9, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard, together with 32 states and the District of Columbia, today announced the filing of a stipulated supplemental judgment with sweepstakes company Publishers Clearing House (PCH), based in Port Washington, N.Y., that will increase protections for consumers who may have been misled by the company's marketing practices. In addition, the company agreed to pay $3.5 million to cover the cost of the states’ investigation.

Terry Goddard Announces 25-Year Prison Term for Member of Phoenix Gang

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 9, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the sentencing of Victor Mireles, 26, of Phoenix, to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder and aggravated assault in a 2003 gang-related crime. He will receive a five-year credit for time already served.

“Gang-on-gang violence has been declining, but it is still a major concern for law enforcement,” Goddard said.  “This case reinforces the rule that gangsters who order the shootings of their rivals are every bit as guilty as the henchmen who do the shootings.”

Terry Goddard Announces Guilty Plea by Former Veterans Agency Director

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Sept. 1, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Patrick Chorpenning Sr., 63, of Peoria, who served as director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services (AZDVS) between 1999 and 2007, pleaded guilty today to two felony charges in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Chorpenning pleaded guilty to conflict of interest and solicitation to commit a violation of the procurement code, both Class 6 felonies.