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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2011

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY DISTRICT OF WYOMING

Christopher A. Crofts
United States Attorney

CONTACT: John R. Powell United States Attorney Spokesman PHONE: 307-772-2124

Terri Lynn Newburn, 48, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on March 30, 2011, for conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Newbury received 78 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release. In addition, Newburn was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment and to forfeit $1,500.00. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Shawn Gene Gilbertson, 29, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on March 28, 2011, for carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Gilbertson received 180 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release. In addition, Gilbertson was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment and to forfeit $500.00. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Rick Cranmore, 57, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on March 28, 2011, for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Cranmore received 51 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Mandi Hopkins, 19, of Laramie, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on March 28, 2011, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute at least 500 grams of cocaine. Hopkins received 60 months imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $250.00 fine. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Tryel Blommel, 28, of Gillette, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on March 28, 2011, for receipt of child pornography. Blommel received 120 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and a $500.00 fine. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Michael Coates, 29, of Powell, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on March 25, 2011, for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine. Coates received 240 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $200.00 assessment and a $500.00 fine. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Brittany Lee Beard, 22, of Littleton, Colorado, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on March 25, 2011, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute between 500 grams and 1.5 kilograms methamphetamine. Beard received 120 months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Donald Allen Cole, 46, of Bremerton, Washington, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Clarence A. Brimmer on March 25, 2011, for a felon in possession of ammunition. Cole received one year and one day of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the National Park Service.

Juan Franco, 27, of Aurora, Colorado, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on March 24, 2011, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute between 500 grams and 1.5 kilograms methamphetamine. Franco received 63 months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

John Miller, 57, of Sheridan, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on March 24, 2011,for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute between 500 grams and 1.5 kilograms methamphetamine. Miller received 120 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and a $300.00 fine. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Jeffrey Tanner, 40, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on March 17, 2011, for a felon in possession of a firearm, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute between 500 grams and 1.5 kilograms methamphetamine. Tanner received 135 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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