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Fremont County Man Sentenced for Assault of a Spouse by Strangling

U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming Christopher A. Crofts announced that on November 20, 2014, Jameson Kaulaity, a 28-year-old Northern Arapaho Tribal member, was sentenced by United States District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl to 15 months of imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Mr. Kaulaity will be required to surrender to the United States Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his sentence on January 5, 2015. He previously pled guilty to one count of assault of a spouse by strangling in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(8) and 1153. The charge against Mr. Kaulaity stemmed from an incident that occurred on January 29, 2014 on the Wind River Indian Reservation. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with … Read entire article »

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Judge overturns death penalty for Dale Wayne Eaton

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has overturned the death penalty for Dale Wayne Eaton, Wyoming’s lone death row inmate. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne on Thursday stated Wyoming has a choice of either granting a new sentencing proceeding for Eaton within 120 days in Natrona County or keeping him locked up for life without parole. The 69-year-old Eaton was sentenced to death in 2004 in state court for the 1988 rape and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell of Billings, Montana. The Wyoming Supreme Court had upheld Eaton’s death sentence. Eaton’s federal lawyers didn’t dispute that he killed Kimmell. But they argued Eaton’s state defense team had failed to present information to the jury about his tortured background to give jurors reason to consider sparing his life. … Read entire article »

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Onlookers dismayed by Grand Teton hunters

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Several people say they saw hunters use questionable and illegal tactics during an elk hunt in Grand Teton National Park this week. Witnesses described seeing hunters drive elk from a no-hunt area near Kelly and into a legal hunting area where other hunters were waiting, including some on a road. They said hunters opened fire, killing eight to 10 elk. National Park Service officials said they ticketed some hunters but did not corroborate many of the details in the specific incident. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said it’s legal to drive elk out of areas where hunting is prohibited in the park. But firing from a road and firing more than one shot at a group of running animals is illegal. … Read entire article »

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UW poll: Wyoming opposed to health care changes

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming poll finds that Wyoming residents continue to strongly disapprove of the President Barack Obama’s federal health care law. The survey found that 70 percent disapprove of the Affordable Care Act while 24 percent approved of the law enacted in 2010 by Obama and a Democratic Congress. UW political science professor Jim King says there is no relationship between a person’s opinion on the health care law and the quality of care available in a poll respondent’s community. Instead, political ideology and general attitudes concerning the federal government influence opinion on health care reform. The telephone survey of 768 Wyoming residents was conducted in October by UW’s Survey Research Center. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. … Read entire article »

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Man sentenced in fatal crash denied shorter term

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A judge says he won’t reduce the sentence of a 22-year-old man who’s serving time for a car crash that killed two of his friends in Casper. Tanner Vasquez’ attorney argued his client is getting into trouble in prison because the injury to his frontal lobe, which was caused by the crash, affects his ability to reason. Vasquez pleaded guilty last year to two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and is serving two concurrent seven- to eight-year sentences. Authorities say he had been huffing “canned air” that’s used to blow dust off computer parts before the crash on Halloween evening 2011. Killed in the wreck were 17-year-old Anthony Prince and 21-year-old Jeremy Conrad. District Judge Thomas Sullins said Wednesday it’s the responsibility of the corrections department to deal with Vasquez’ … Read entire article »

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Poaching tips can now be sent by text, phone app

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials have launched a text message and phone application system to help Wyomingites report poaching. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says people can report poaching by sending a text to 847411 (TIP411) with WGFD as the first word in the message, followed by information about the violation. Critical information to report includes suspect and vehicle descriptions, exact location of the poaching and other observations. Android users can use the WGFD Tips app to report poaching. Last year, 451 tips were submitted through the department’s Stop Poaching Hotline, accounting for fines totaling more than $353,000. More than $15,000 in rewards was given to people who provided tips to Game and Fish. Anonymous tips can also be submitted on the Game and Fish website at http://wgfd.wyo.gov or by calling 1-877-WGFD-TIP. … Read entire article »

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Campbell County sheriff tenders resignation

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Campbell County Sheriff Bill Pownall is resigning from office in the midst of a state investigation into an allegation that he tried to suppress his son’s arrest on a drunken driving charge. Pownall wrote to Campbell County commissioners on Wednesday announcing he’s resigning effective Dec. 1. Gov. Matt Mead earlier this month announced he has directed the Wyoming attorney general’s office to undertake removal proceedings against Pownall. Mead made the announcement after reviewing a report from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. The agency investigated an allegation that Pownall pressured deputies to drop a drunken driving charge against his 23-year-old son, Seth Pownall, in August and change it to a charge of being a pedestrian under the influence. County prosecutors have refiled the DUI charge. … Read entire article »

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Campaign donations down from 4 years ago

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Campaign finance reports show Wyoming candidates for state offices raised less money this year than four years ago. About $3.8 million was raised in total by candidates running for the Legislature and the five statewide positions, including governor. More than $5.85 million was raised in 2010 — the last election when the governor, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, treasurer and auditor were on the ballot. The governor’s race led in total money raised. The six governor candidates who were in the primary and general election raised $1.18 million. Gov. Matt Mead, who won re-election, led with about $683,800. By contrast, more than $4.1 million was spent on the gubernatorial race in 2010. … Read entire article »

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Teen faces new sentence in Sheridan home killing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court has ordered a judge to resentence one of three men convicted of murder in a 2009 home-invasion killing. Dharminder Sen and two other teens were convicted of killing Sheridan businessman Robert Ernst in 2009. Authorities say Sen was 15 when he shot and killed Ernst. All three teens were convicted of murder. District Judge John Fenn originally sentenced Sen to life in prison. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 prohibited mandatory life sentences for juvenile killers. Wyoming passed a law last year specifying juveniles convicted of murder will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years. Fenn had resentenced Sen earlier this year, saying he would be eligible for parole on the murder conviction after serving 35 years on the murder conviction. … Read entire article »

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Wyo. Supreme Court suspends Washakie County lawyer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court has suspended the outgoing Washakie County attorney from practicing law for 30 days, ruling she violated professional rules in how she billed the county. The court Wednesday announced Marcy Argeris’ suspension will start March 15. An attempt to reach her wasn’t immediately successful. She’s set to leave office at the end of the year. The Wyoming State Bar reprimanded Argeris in 2013 and ordered her to pay $550. The reprimand found she had questioned minors without advising them of their right to legal representation. Wednesday’s court ruling states a lawyer who represented Argeris at the 2013 disciplinary hearing paid the $550. It states Algeris submitted the lawyer’s bill to the county for repayment with little explanation and then resisted when county commissioners requested another legal … Read entire article »

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