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January 19, 2011

CHEYENNE, WY - Jerel Tillman, 18, an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, appeared in federal court on January 19, 2012, after having been indicted on a two-count indictment. Count one is an allegation of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and count two alleges an assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm. Each charge carries a maximum term of ten years imprisonment and fine of $250,000.00. A detention hearing and arraignment have been set for January 24, 2012, in Lander, Wyoming, and a trial date has not yet been set. 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.

Michelle Crispin, 32, an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, appeared in federal court on January 19, 2012, for an arraignment and detention hearing. Ms. Crispin has been charged by indictment with involuntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum potential punishment of eight years imprisonment and a $250,000.00 fine. Ms. Crispin has pleaded not guilty to this charge and has been detained pending further proceedings. Trial in this matter has been set for March 26, 2012. 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.

William James Hanway Sr., 27, an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, appeared in federal court on January 19, 2012, after having been indicted on one count of assaulting a federal officer in connection with an incident with a Wind River Police Department officer. The charge carries a maximum penalty of eight years imprisonment and fine of $250,000.00. Trial has been set for March 26, 2012, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 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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