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June 14, 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

Wyoming Man Indicted for One Count of Aggravated Sexual Abuse and Four Counts of Sexual Abuse. United States Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that Norman James Bitsie of the Wind River Reservation, an enrolled Northern Arapaho tribal member, appeared in federal court after having been indicted in a five count indictment involving one count of aggravated sexual abuse and four counts of sexual abuse, all involving a minor victim. The most serious count carries a maximum penalty of not less than thirty nor more than life imprisonment; the lesser charges have no mandatory minimum sentence, but carry maximum penalties of up to life imprisonment on each count. An indictment is only an accusation. In every criminal case, the accused is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, and the government always has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Two Wyoming Men Indicted for Aggravated Burglary and Aiding and Abetting, Robbery and Aiding and Abetting and Two Counts of Using and Carrying a Firearm During and In Relation to a Federal Crime of Violence. Unites States Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that Zachary Humphrey and Blaine Clutter of Riverton, Wyoming appeared in Federal Court after having been indicted in a four (4) count Indictment charging them with aggravated burglary and aiding and abetting, robbery and aiding and abetting and two (2) counts of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence. The charges stem from an April 8, 2011 incident occurring on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Aggravated burglary and aiding and abetting carries a penalty of not less than five (5) nor more than twenty-five (25) years imprisonment and a fine of not more than $50,000.00.  Robbery and aiding and abetting carries a maximum penalty of up to fifteen (15) years imprisonment and a fine of not more than $250,000.00.  The first count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence carries a minimum sentence of not less than five (5) years to run consecutive to any term of imprisonment for the violent crime and a fine of not more than $250,000.00. The second count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence carries a minimum sentence of not less than twenty-five (25) years to run consecutive to the penalty for the first count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence and consecutive to any term of imprisonment for the violent crime and a fine of not more than $250,000.00. An indictment is only an accusation. In every criminal case, the accused is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, and the government always has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Wyoming Man Indicted for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. United States Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that Jeffery Underwood of the Wind River Reservation appeared in federal court after having been indicted in a one count indictment alleging assault resulting in serious bodily injury. This count carries a maximum penalty of up to ten years imprisonment and a $250,000.00 fine. Trial has been set for August 1, 2011, in Cheyenne, Wyoming before Chief Judge Nancy Freudenthal. An indictment is only an accusation. In every criminal case, the accused is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, and the government always has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Wyoming Man Indicted for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. United States Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that Vincent Redman, III, of the Wind River Reservation appeared in federal court after having been indicted in a two count indictment alleging one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. Each count carries a maximum penalty of up to ten years imprisonment and a $250,000.00 fine. Trial has been set for July 25, 2011, in Casper, Wyoming before Judge William F. Downes. An indictment is only an accusation.  In every criminal case, the accused is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, and the government always has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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