Maricopa man gets 90 years for assaulting former girlfriend, shooting tattoo artist

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MARICOPA -- A Maricopa man was sentenced to more than 90 years in prison for multiple aggravated assaults with firearms.

The evidence at trial showed that on Oct. 25, 2008, Damien Miguel Zepeda, 24, and his two brothers and co-defendants, Matthew Zepeda and Jeremy Zepeda, went to a home on the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation.

Damien was upset because his former girlfriend was going to get a tattoo on her chest. He confronted the woman and hit her on the head with a gun. The tattoo artist came out of the home and Damien shot him several times. He suffered gunshot wounds from a shotgun and pistol and was hospitalized.

In October, a federal jury found Damien Zepeda guilty of conspiracy, assault and firearms charges. He was sentenced to 90 years and three months in federal prison.

Matthew Zepeda pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in a crime of violence and was sentenced in January to 75 months in federal prison.

Jeremy Zepeda pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony and was sentenced in June to three years in federal prison.