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Sentences for April 13-19, 2012

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April 19, 2012

Jorge Jose Diaz-Botello, 22, of Jackson, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on April 19, 2012, for distribution of at least 20 grams but less than 35 grams of methamphetamine. Diaz-Botello was arrested in Jackson, Wyoming. He received 92 months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and a $400.00 fine. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Sheila Anne Russell, 31, of Burley, Idaho, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on April 19, 2012, on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to launder money, one count of laundering of monetary instruments and aiding and abetting and one count of possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and aiding and abetting. Russell was arrested in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was sentenced to 168 months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $400.00 special assessment and a $1,600.00 fine. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Irma Mejia-Rodriguez, 43, of Mexico, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on April 19, 2012, for misuse of a social security number. Mejia-Rodriguez was arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She received time served plus ten days, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Jose Martinez-Garcia, 21, of Mexico, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Clarence A. Brimmer on April 18, 2012, for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Martinez-Garcia was arrested in Casper, Wyoming. He received time served plus ten days, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Karen Lynn Rupp, 39, of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on April 13, 2012, for failing to report information to the United States Railroad Retirement Board. Rupp was arrested in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. She received 30 days of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised probation. Rupp will have to reside at the Residential Re-Entry Center in Casper for a period of six months. In addition, Rupp was ordered to pay a $25.00 special assessment and restitution in the amount of $29,169.10. This case was investigated by the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board.

Steven Edward Painovich, 60, of Eden, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on April 13, 2012, on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute and one count of distribution of at least 500 grams but not more than 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. Painovich was arrested in Eden, Wyoming. He received 120 months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment and a $15,000.00 fine. Additionally, the Court ordered repayment of CJA Panel fees in the amount not to exceed $10,000.00, finding that the defendant failed to disclose substantial assets on his financial affidavit. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Christopher Scott Ayers, 33, of Eden, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on April 13, 2012, on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy to launder money. Ayers was arrested in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He received 151 months of 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.

Felix G. Maldonado, 52, of Rupert, Idaho, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on April 13, 2012, on one count of distribution of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting, one count of possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and aiding and abetting and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine. Maldonado was arrested in Reliance, Wyoming. He received 151 months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $300.00 special assessment and a $500.00 fine. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal.

Brian Lee Edwards, 42, formerly of Rawlins, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on April 13, 2012, for failure to register as a sex offender. Edwards was arrested in the Eastern District of Virginia. He received 13 months of imprisonment, to be followed by 12 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 U.S. Marshals Service.

David Allen Sands, 48, of Great Falls, Montana, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on April 13, 2012, for bank robbery. Sands was arrested in Great Falls, Montana. He received 37 months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and restitution in the amount of $967.00. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

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