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Lake Mead axe attacker sentenced to prison

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A man who attacked a person with a hatchet in Lake Mead National Recreation Area in 2018 was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison, according to Jason Frierson, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Christopher Booker, 48, a Colorado resident, was indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2023 and pleaded guilty to an assault charge in April of this year, Frierson said in a news release.

In addition to the 10-year sentence, U.S. District Judge James Mahan also sentenced Booker to three years of supervised release, Frierson added.

The plea agreement states that on September 7, 2018, at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Booker “intentionally and repeatedly struck and bludgeoned” the victim using a tomahawk hatchet.

The victim suffered 22 injuries, including injuries resulting in permanent damage to his left hand and prolonged loss and impairment of his jaw.

Contact Estelle Atkinson at [email protected]. Follow @estelleatkinsonreports on Instagram and @estellelilym on X.

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