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Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, March 21, 1987
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STATE B2 THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 1987 AZ! Ex-Rajneeshee reduction of prison term United Press International : PORTLAND, Ore. - A judge las refused to reduce a two-year prison term imposed on the former mayor of Rajneeshpuram, who pleaded guilty to a federal immigration-conspiracy charge and a state charge of racketeering. - The request was based in part on a reported inmate plot to kill David Berry Knapp, 38, who reported Jan. 12 to the Federal Correctional Institution, in Tucson, according to court papers. " U.S. Attorney Charles Turner had supported a reduction of the sentence imposed on Knapp, who agreed to give investigators detailed information about the operations of the former commune in central Oregon. " Turner said sending Knapp to prison after he fulfilled his part of the deal had hurt the government's ability to get cooperating witnesses. ;-U.S. District Judge Edward' Leavy gave no reason in his order, signed Wednesday, for denying Knapp's request. Des Connall, Knapp's Portland lawyer, said that shortly after Knapp arrived at the prison in Tucson, he was confronted by other inmates, who questioned him about his role as a Rajneeshee and as a government informer. Connall said a prison guard told Knapp that inmates were passing around a Newsweek magazine, which contained a photograph of the former disciple of Indian guru Bhawan Shree "Rajneesh and an article about his role as an informer. The same guard told Knapp that he overheard inmates talking about a plan to kill the former Rajneeshee, who went by the name of Krishna Deva, said Connall. The attorney said Knapp, who had been working as an office clerk in the prison's military-clothing factory, was moved into protective custody at his own request. The Valley & State Guilty verdict returned in slaying Republic Staff Associated Press TUCSON A Pima County Superior Court jury Friday returned a second -degree-murder verdict against Sergio Lopez, 20, who was on trial in the throat slashing of Laura Ann Wherry, 16. Attorneys for Lopez never denied that their client attacked Wherry on .July 16 after a meeting in a Tucson park but argued for a second-degree or manslaugter verdict because the crime had not been planned. Defense attorney Lori Peterson said the crime took place after Lopez had been drinking heavily. Deputy Pima County Attorney Richard Nichols sought a first-degree-murder conviction, arguing that the slaying was premeditated. Nichols said Wherry's head was nearly cut off. Lopez faces 10 to 20 years in prison when sentenced April 17. Shooting victims, suspect are African students TUCSON Police have identified the victims of a shooting last weekend as college students from Africa. One student was killed, and the other was wounded. A third African student was arrested and was being held for investigation of first-degree murder and other charges, police said. Pheta Ntnonnoa, 35, and Mantoa Moeletsi, 24, were found last Saturday in the trunk of a car, said Sgt. Paul Hallums, a police spokesman. I Investigators said Ntnonnoa was dead and Moeletsi was wounded. Moeletsi was in serious condition Friday at University Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. - ' Moorosi Mokake, 25, was taken into custody on Sunday and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail for investigation of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, burglary and kidnapping, police said. Hallums said police were called by a neighbor of Mokake. Police identified Ntnonnoa as a student at Texas Tech University, Moeletsi as a student at the University of Arizona and Mokake as a student at Pima Community College. Police said all three were from South Africa. However, University of Arizona officials said Thursday that Moeletsi is from Lesotho. MacDonald Continued from Bl his position has changed. "People have said you are the new Peter MacDonald, a reformed Christian," Betty Begay said. "We were told you do not lie. "You also told us you had a solution for the disputed land with the 90-day plan. Without any lies, please tell me what your position is now." MacDonald told her his position has not changed. He said he will tell "Washington" about those who did not receive benefits, and if nothing is is done, he will tell the relocatees to move back to their land. MacDonald said he also will ask that those who do not wish to move be left alone. "I support the resisters," he said. "There will be a solution to take to Washington." He said a tribal task force is compiling a report of options the tribe may wish to pursue, including repealing the law, litigating the 1934 Statutory Freeze dispute with the Hopi Tribe and seeking a legislative solution to the larger Navajo-Hopi land dispute. The report was due March 15, but task-force member Percy Deal said Friday that it will be completed "very shortly." "Hopefully, at that point, a triba' position will be determined," said Deal, who is the Navajo Tribal Council delegate for the Big Moun tain area. He said the report will be presented to members of Congress because They re the key audience we re going to have to play to. MacDonald "wants to get their true attitude, and we're going to have to treat that attitude very delicately and with respect. Deal said. MacDonald said his plan now includes talking to Navajos being affected by relocation. Katherine Smith, a Navajo who long has been identified with the relocation fight, told MacDonald that Navajos who have relocated are the ones with complaints and problems. "They are in big trouble now," she said. "We, the Big Mountain people, are not causing the problems. "The ones who have moved were promised many services, such as homes, water, electricity. Many have not received anything." She said that because the Big Mountain people steadfastly refuse to move, they receive no assistance of any kind from the federal government, the state, the tribe or their own local chapter. QUALITY FROM SEE "SPA MAN" ON TV!! "We Are the Spa Experts'' Doctors highly recommend Spas for arthritis relief. V4n5wa ONE OF THE LARGEST & OLDEST SPA DEALERS IN ARIZONAI 16059 GRAND AVE. (V dk So. of Ball) 8S3-0081 2637 E. BELL RD. 63 E. OLENDALE 1542 W. SOUTHERN Cole IC C David Petkiewlcz Republic Members of the Phoenix Fire Department inspect accident at 40th Street and McDowell Road as the Nissan 300ZX that was involved in the two-car other firefighters attach a chain to the vehicle. 2 killed, 1 injured in Phoenix crash Two people were killed and one person was seriously injured in a two-car accident at 40th Street and McDowell Road. The accident occurred Thursday evening when a 1979 Toyota station wagon westbound on McDowell turned left onto 40th Street in front of an eastbound Nissan 300ZX, police Detective John M. Buchanan said. The driver of the Toyota, Edward Joseph Kugel, 62, of the 4300 block of East Hubbell Street, died at the scene. One passenger, Robert G. Richardson, 51, of the same address, was taken to Maricopa Medical Center, where he died. His wife, Kathryn Richardson, 48, was taken to the medical center, where she was listed in critical condition late Friday, a spokeswoman said. 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