William James Gilchrist, 22, a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, was sentenced August 29 by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to 213 months in prison, followed by a term of five years of supervised release. Gilchrist had previously pleaded guilty to kidnapping.
On Aug. 3, 2014, within the Colorado River Indian Tribe’s Indian Reservation, Gilchrist unlawfully entered the home where the victim was staying, threatened her with knives, and demanded the PIN number to her bank card. Gilchrist bound the victim’s ankles and wrists, put her in her vehicle, and attempted to drive her to the bank to empty her account.
The victim fought back and escaped from Gilchrist after being stabbed by him several times. The victim is also a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribe.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Christina J. Reid-Moore, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.