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Pinal prosecutors recognized for their efforts
 
Date: 7/23/2014
    
Pinal prosecutors recognized for their efforts

Pinal prosecutors recognized for their efforts

FLORENCE, AZ (7/23/2014) – Recently, four Pinal County Attorney’s Office Deputy County Attorneys received awards and honors recognizing their dedication and hard work for the citizens of Pinal and Arizona.

Chris Ward, a Deputy County Attorney and Bureau Chief of the Organized Crime Bureau, was honored by the Pima County Bar Association for his work organizing their “Lawyers for Literacy” Community Project.  Lawyers for Literacy (LFL) encourages law students, judges, lawyers and legal support staff to volunteer, meet with, and read with 4th and 5th Grade students, who read below their grade-level.  With the goal of helping the student become a better reader, Ward’s organizing of this mentorship program helps correct literacy issues at a critical age and sets students back on a path toward success in academics.

Jill Sosin, a Deputy County Attorney within the Community Protection Bureau at PCAO, recently received “Prosecutor of the Year” from the Arizona Narcotics Officers Association.  This prestigious honor is awarded to only one prosecutor in Arizona each year and nominations for consideration come directly from police officers - Casa Grande Police Department in this case - with whom the prosecutor works.  Lending credence to her hard work, in 2013 alone, Sosin successfully secured over 160 felony convictions and won each of the cases she took to trial.  She will be recognized for this award in July.

In early June, Natalie Huddleston, a Deputy County Attorney in the Organized Crime Bureau, received the annual “Award of Excellence” from the Arizona Gang Investigators Association.  Huddleston was nominated by a member of the FBI Gang Task Force for her work in the case involving Carmen Fischer, a former Phoenix defense attorney, and Angel Garcia.  Garcia is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Finally, Tom McDermott, a DCA also within the Community Protection Bureau, was asked to present at this year’s Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Law Enforcement and Prosecutor’s DUI Training this July.  The 3-day conference hosted by GOHS represents the premiere, statewide law enforcement DUI conference in Arizona.  Through his selection as a presenter, McDermott is recognized for his experience and knowledge of DUI cases.  His accepting of the opportunity speaks to his dedication to further train law enforcement on how to remove impaired drivers from Arizona’s roadways.

Congratulating and thanking each of the four for their various achievements, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said, “It is too often that those prosecuting criminals on the front lines remain unsung heroes while those accused or convicted of crimes take headlines and drive the nightly news.  Within PCAO, we employ around 45 deputy county attorney's (DCA's) who work tirelessly to support Pinal County through civil representation and the people with felony and misdemeanor prosecution.  Each DCA dedicates their lives to serving our communities and backing up law enforcement and I thank them for their hard work and sacrifice.”

For more information, contact Jim Knupp at 520.866.6573 or by email at jim.knupp@pinalcountyaz.gov.

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