News and Press Releases

Pocatello Man Sentenced for Assault with
Dangerous Weapon

September 25, 2012

POCATELLO – U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced that Wayland Buckskin, 48, of Pocatello, Idaho, was sentenced in United States District Court yesterday to 46 months in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon. The prison sentence is in addition to 14 months already served by Buckskin in the Fort Hall jail. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Buckskin to serve three years of supervised release. Buckskin, an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Tribes, pled guilty to the charge on June 29, 2012.

According to the plea agreement, on February 26, 2010, Fort Hall Police responded to a call about a stabbing that had occurred at a residence on the Fort Hall Shoshone-Bannock Indian Reservation. The victim had driven herself to the police station and was then transported by ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. The victim told police that Buckskin had stabbed her multiple times with a knife. Police returned to the residence and located the knife and blood on the floor. Medical reports showed the victim had sustained five stab wounds to her abdomen, right arm, upper thigh and below a knee. After Buckskin was taken into custody, DNA testing of blood found on his clothing matched blood from the victim.

The case was investigated by the Fort Hall Police Department.