On January 31, 2012, a federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a two count indictment against Brice Thompson Little, 21, a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, for a violation of Second Degree Murder of a Child and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury to a Child.
The indictment alleges that, on March 29, 2011, while Little was living with the mother of the six month old victim in Parker, Ariz., the victim was taken to the hospital with severe inflicted head injuries. After being sent to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the victim passed away there on April 13, 2011.
A conviction for Second Degree Murder carries a maximum penalty of 30 years to life, a $250,000 fine, or both. In determining an actual sentence, Judge Martone will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide appropriate sentencing ranges. The judge, however, is not bound by those guidelines in determining a sentence.
An indictment is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by Colorado River Indian Tribe Police Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution is being handled by Dyanne C. Greer and Jennifer Green, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.