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Biting a Grand Canyon Ranger Leads to Prison

PHOENIX (CN) - A federal judge ordered a nearly three-year sentence for a man who kicked and bit park rangers after his tractor-trailer got stuck along the Grand Canyon.

Employees with Xanterra Parks and Resorts, which the U.S. National Park Service contracts to provide services for the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, found Anthony Keith Swint near the Bright Angel Trial unable to move his tractor-trailer.

After Swint "caused a disturbance," the Xanterra agents called park rangers for help, according to a statement from the court.

A federal jury found that the Phoenix resident cursed at the rangers and ignored their orders to stay in the cab.

Swint kicked one ranger who was trying to detain him, causing the ranger to fall to the ground. As the rangers escorted him into a booking facility, Swint bit a ranger's hand. Prosecutors showed that Swint had a lengthy criminal history, which included a prior incident of assault in Michigan in 2004.

The Prescott jury found Swint guilty on Sept. 28, 2012, of two counts of assault on a federal officer.

U.S. District Judge Paul Rosenblatt handed down the 33-month sentence Tuesday. Swint is 43.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Green and Tracy Van Buskirk handled the prosecution.

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