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Jerome man sentenced to more than 2 years in prison for assaulting forest service agent

Jerome man sentenced to more than 2 years in prison for assaulting forest service agent

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — A Jeronimo man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after assaulting a federal forest law enforcement officer earlier this year.

On February 15, Jonathan Kip Medford, 34, was stopped by a United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service officer in the Coconino National Forest for a traffic and illegal camping violation. Medford was searched on a warrant and lied about his name during the stop. The officer attempted to arrest Medford, but instead of complying, Medford charged the officer. It caused him to fall to the ground, where a fight ensued. During the struggle, the officer broke free, and Medford fled. The next day, Jerome was arrested by the police in an apartment.

Medford was sentenced to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of parole. He previously pleaded guilty to assaulting a federal law enforcement officer by physical contact and causing bodily injury.

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