Travis Kisto


PHOENIX — A Sacaton man was sentenced this week to more than 11 years in federal prison for burglarizing a home on the Gila River Indian Community.

Travis Lee Kisto, 40, pleaded guilty to unlawfully entering a residence on March 1, 2018, armed with a stolen shotgun. He demanded the victim hand over her purse and rummaged through her belongings looking for valuables. He later discharged the shotgun inside the home.

The Gila River Police Department arrived at the scene while Kisto was still in the house and had to deploy tear-gas canisters and dogs in order to force Kisto out of the home.

U.S. District Court Judge Diane J. Humetewa sentenced Kisto to 10 years in prison for possessing a stolen weapon and eight years for the burglary. Only 17 months of the burglary sentence will run consecutive to the 10 years.

Humetewa further sentenced Kisto to concurrent, three-year terms of supervised release.

Kisto was sentenced to one year in prison for a robbery offense committed in Pinal County in 2003. After his release, he was sent back to prison for an endangerment offense committed in 2013.

Another Sacaton man was sentenced this week for robbing someone with a machete on the reservation.

Vince Rivera, 28, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to robbery. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Rivera injured his victim with the machete during the incident.