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PHOENIX — Andre Hinton, 36, the McNary man who pleaded guilty in March to involuntary manslaughter, has been sentenced.

Hinton will serve eight years for killing 16-year-old Katherine Tortice in 2006. Tortice was his girlfriend at the time.

The sentence was handed down Tuesday, July 10 in Phoenix.

The successful prosecution of Hinton resulted in the maximum statuary sentence. The case was handled by Arizona District Attorney Elizabeth A. Strange, and and Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony W. Church. Hinton will also serve three years supervised probation after release.

Public Affairs representative for the U.S Department of Justice, Cosme Lopez, said it is his understanding that Hinton will likely serve all eight years in a federal prison in the Southwest before he has a chance for release.

In the plea agreement, Hinton said he and Tortice were in the forest near McNary when they got into an argument.

Court documents do not indicate what the argument was about, only that Hinton admitted hitting Tortice in the head and knocking her unconscious. Hinton said Tortice was not threatening him or posing any risk to his safety when he struck her. He also admitted that he never sought any help (medical attention) when he realized she was unconscious adding that he was present when she died. Hinton said that instead of reporting the incident to police, he instead told a friend who along with Hinton got shovels, went back to where Tortice’s body was, and buried it “to prevent her discovery.”

Tortice’s body was found in a shallow grave near a pond in McNary back in December of 2006, at which time the FBI joined reservation police in the investigation.

In May of 2016 investigators got a break in the case when an FBI dive team searched a pond near McNary where they found undisclosed evidence that helped lead to Hinton’s arrest and conviction.

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Mike Leiby covers police, courts, and the towns of Snowflake and Taylor.

(2) comments

Stephen Wenger

Manslaughter is not murder. It is one of the levels of criminal homicide. (Not all homicides -such as justifiable homicide - are criminal acts.) In a case such as this, the distinction between manslaughter and murder was probably that the prosecutors were not confident in being able to approve the intent to kill.


So what is the status of Hinton's helpful buddy? This story does not say.

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