News: Former tribal police officer pleads guilty for deadly hit-and-run near Pinetop-Lakeside

PINETOP-LAKESIDE, AZ – An ex tribal police officer has pleaded guilty to a fatal hit-and-run collision that happened on AZ 73 at mile marker 355 on Nov. 23, 2023, according to AZFamily.

Joshua Ben Anderson, 49, was a White Mountian Apache police officer when he fatally collided with Iris Billy, 30, with his patrol vehicle.

Anderson then allegedly later came back to the crash site after a reported welfare check on a body in the vicinity. Investigators discovered Anderson’s patrol vehicle had damage similar to that of hitting a pedestrian.

Following his arrest, Anderson resigned from the police.

In March, a grand jury indicted Anderson for engaging in misleading conduct to hinder or delay and one count of corruptly altering and concealing evidence.

Anderson entered a guilty plea this week for corrupt altering and concealment. He could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced on Aug. 5 in Phoenix.

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