Jerome Man Sentenced for Assault on a Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer

Jerome Man Sentenced for Assault on a Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Jonathan Kip Medford, 34, of Jerome, Arizona, was sentenced Monday, by United States District Judge Steven P. Logan to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Medford previously pleaded guilty to Assault on a Federal Law Enforcement Officer with Physical Contact and Infliction of Bodily Injury. 

On February 15, 2022, Medford assaulted a USDA Forest Service law enforcement officer during a stop in the Coconino National Forest. The officer was investigating a minor traffic violation and an illegal camping violation. Medford, who was wanted on a state warrant and lied about his name during the encounter, failed to obey the officer’s instructions as the officer attempted to detain him. Rather than comply, Medford charged the officer causing them both to fall to the ground where a struggle ensued. After the struggle the officer freed himself and Medford fled the area on foot. Medford was apprehended the next day at a residence by officers from the Jerome Police Department.

The Forest Service conducted the investigation in this case, with assistance from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the Jerome Police Department, the Sedona Police Department, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the National Park Service. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Flagstaff, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-22-08051-PCT-SPL          
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022- 202_Medford

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