By May 4, 2018

Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Death of Daisy Mountain Firefighter

Brandon Draper was sentenced to 10 years in prison for second-degree murder in the 2017 death of Daisy Mountain firefighter Luke Jones, the Maricopa County Superior Court announced May 4, 2018. Draper pled guilty to the charge, the court said.

Arrests Made in DMFD Firefighter Homicide

By Karen Goveia and Robert Roy Britt — January 24, 2017: Two people were arrested today in connection with the death of Daisy Mountain Fire Department firefighter Luke Jones, who was the apparent victim of an assault at a nightclub in Phoenix over the weekend.

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Brandon Draper

Brandon Draper, 26, a bouncer at Centerfolds Cabaret, where the incident took place, has been charged with one count of second degree murder, according to Phoenix Police Sgt. Jonathan Howard. Timothy Piegari, 42, a manager at the club, has been charged with one count of hindering prosecution and one count of tampering with physical evidence, Howard said.

“Homicide detectives discovered video evidence recorded at the scene which depicts the doorman, Brandon Draper, assaulting Mr. Jones by pushing him to the ground and then striking him numerous times,” Howard said. “Following the assault, Timothy Piegari… is seen, on video, disconnecting the video surveillance equipment.”

Jones died over the weekend. Here was the initial police statement on the incident:

Timothy Piegari

Timothy Piegari

“On Jan. 21, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Phoenix Police officers responded to a local hospital to investigate an injured person,” said Howard said. “Officers found that the 37-year-old victim had been brought to the hospital with critical injuries consistent with an assault. The victim did not survive and died at the hospital.”

The nightclub is at 2031 W. Peoria Ave. in Phoenix.

Jones was a 12-year veteran of the fire department. He leaves behind a wife and daughter, Daisy Mountain Fire Department Chief Mark Nichols in a statement. “On behalf of Luke’s immediate and fire department family, we ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers,” he said.

Editor’s Note: This article, originally published Jan. 23, was updated to reflect the arrests.

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Luke Jones, a Daisy Mountain Fire Department firefighter-paramedic. Photo courtesy DMFD

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