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Activity in the United States Attorney's Office

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Wyoming
Sentences

Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl sentenced TAD NATHANIEL MATHILL, 44, of Gillette, Wyoming on August 18, 2020 for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and possession of stolen mail.  Mathill appeared pursuant to summons.  He received thirty months of imprisonment, to be followed by thirty-six months of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $9,971.29 and a $200.00 special assessment.  The Gillette Police Department, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, and the US Postal Inspection Service investigated this case.

 

Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl sentenced LEO HEADLEY, Jr., 57, of Arapahoe, Wyoming on August 11, 2020 for abusive sexual contact.  Headley was arrested in Lander, Wyoming.  He received one hundred twenty months of imprisonment, to be followed by one hundred eighty months of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $300.00.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated this case.

 

Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal sentenced MARK BRYAN LOHMAN, 55, of Torrington, Wyoming on August 10, 2020 for felon in possession of a firearm.  Lohman was brought into federal custody pursuant to a writ.  He received forty-one months of imprisonment, to be followed by thirty-six months of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100.00 fine, and restitution in the amount of $3,500.00.  The Cheyenne Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated this case.

 

Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson sentenced JEREMY DEAN PRIEBE, 20, of Casper, Wyoming on August 7, 2020 for felon in possession of a firearm.  Priebe was arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  He received seventy-seven months of imprisonment, to be followed by thirty-six months of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $200.00 fine, and a $100.00 special assessment.  The Mills Police Department, Casper Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated this case.

These felons in possession of a firearm cases are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

 

Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal sentenced ARMANDO CERVANTES, 39, of Salt Lake City, Utah on July 27, 2020 for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and aiding and abetting.  Cervantes was arrested in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He received one hundred eighty eight months of imprisonment, to be followed by sixty months of supervised release, and ordered to pay community restitution in the amount of $400.00.  The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation investigated this case.

Cervantes was part of a large methamphetamine trafficking operation distributing drugs throughout Wyoming in 2010.  Cervantes lived in Utah and acquired multi pound quantities of methamphetamine from Mexican sources, which he pumped into Wyoming on a weekly basis.   

Cervantes was arrested July 29, 2010 and pleaded not guilty to the allegations in the Indictment and was released on bond.  Trial in the matter commenced on January 4, 2011.  On the second day of trial, the Defendant fled and did not appear in court for trial.  A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.  The matter was continued to a later date in hopes of locating Cervantes.  Cervantes remained at large and trial, in absentia, resumed on January 31, 2011.  Cervantes’ defense counsel continued to represent him despite Cervantes’ deliberate nonattendance. On February 4, 2011, the jury returned a guilty verdict on both counts charged in the Indictment. Cervantes remained at large until the United States Marshals in Utah arrested him on February 5, 2020.

 

 

Updated August 20, 2020

Topics
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 20-028