News and Press Releases

Wyoming Men Charged with First Degree Murder

May 30, 2013

U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming Christopher A. Crofts announced today that on May 29, 2013, Alan Brown, 61, and his brother Vernon Lee Brown, 54, both Northern Arapaho Tribal Members, appeared in federal court on an Indictment charging them with one count of First Degree Murder and Aiding and Abetting in violation of 18 U.S.C. ยงยง 1111, 1153 and 2. The charges against Alan and Vernon Lee Brown stem from an incident that occurred on or about May 6, 2006, which resulted in the death of Tad Paul Barnson, 47, who was originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho, but resided in and around Riverton, Wyoming at the time of his death. Alan and Vernon Lee Brown are Wind River Indian Reservation inhabitants, but are not believed to have any permanent residence. This crime is alleged to have occurred on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Alan and Vernon Lee Brown are facing a potential of life imprisonment or the death penalty, and could be ordered to pay restitution, a fine and special assessment.



Return to Top

USAO Homepage
USAO Briefing Room
Justice 101
Community Outreach

Giving Back to the Community through a variety of venues & initiatives.

Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee

Training and seminars for Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.

Project Safe Childhood

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.

National Sexual Assault Awareness Hotline

Ribbon Graphic

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at: