Chief United States District Court Scott W. Skavdahl sentenced LINDBURG SHONGUTSIE, age 69, of Riverton, Wyoming, for assault, resisting, or impeding a certain officer or employee, to eight months of home confinement with five years of supervised release and payment of a $100 special assessment. On March 4, 2022, Shongutsie assaulted a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer while the federal officer was on duty. The crime was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Assistant United States Attorney Kerry J. Jacobson prosecuted the case. Case No. 22-cr-00039-ABJ
Drug and Firearm Offenses
United States District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal sentenced PETER JAMES HERNANDEZ, age 28, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine. Hernandez was sentenced to 60 months in prison with seven years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $500 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. The crime was investigated by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan C. Coppom. Case No. 22-cr-00085-NDF
United States District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson sentenced JONATHAN QUEEN, age 38, of Torrington, Wyoming, for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, to 87 months’ imprisonment with four years of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment. This crime was investigated by the Gillette Police Department, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Timothy J. Forwood. Case No. 21-cr-00030-ABJ
United States District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson sentenced CHRISTINE DIANE KENNEDY, age 41, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, for manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, and possessing methamphetamine, to 46 months’ imprisonment with three years of supervised release, and ordered her to pay $200 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. The crime was investigated by the Cheyenne Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Elmore. Case No. 22-00090-ABJ
About the United States Attorney’s Office
The United States Attorney’s Office is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the District of Wyoming, including all criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits brought by or against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The Office is involved in several programs designed to make our communities safer. They include:
The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
Project Safe Childhood
Project Safe Childhood (PSC) is a DOJ initiative that combats the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children. The threat of sexual predators soliciting children for sexual contact is well-known and serious.
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reducing gun and gang crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful.
Victim Witness Assistance
The Victim Witness Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming is dedicated to making sure that victims of federal crimes and their family members are treated with compassion, fairness, and respect.
To report a federal crime, go to: https://www.justice.gov/actioncenter/report-crime#trafficking
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