Casper, Wyoming, Man and Woman Sentenced for Drug Trafficking, Gun Crimes, and Car Jacking
Christopher Eads, 35, and Santana Keener, 26, of Casper, Wyoming, were sentenced on February 22, 2018, and March 1, 2018, respectively, to serve sentences related to a June 3, 2017, drug trafficking investigation initiated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Wyoming Highway Patrol, announced United States Attorney Mark A. Klaassen. The court ordered Eads to serve a sentence of 40 years in prison for drug trafficking, using and discharging firearms during drug trafficking, carjacking, assaulting a federal officer, and discharging a firearm during the assault of the officer. The court sentenced Keener to a term of 20 years for drug trafficking, aiding and abetting the discharge of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, and carjacking. The court further ordered Keener to pay 7, 278.35 in restitution. It ordered Eads to pay $92,463.09 in restitution.
Eads and Keener had previously pled guilty to their offenses under agreements with the United States. As part of their pleas they admitted that on June 3, 2017, they were returning to Casper from Denver, Colorado with methamphetamine and heroin to distribute in the Casper area. When a DCI agent, assisted by highway patrol troopers, attempted to stop Eads and Keener, Eads opened fire on law enforcement. Eads and Keener then led law enforcement on a high speed chase south on I-25, into Glenrock, and eventually back to Casper where law enforcement apprehended Eads. Officers had earlier found and arrested Keener in Glenrock after she and Eads wrecked a car that they carjacked from a Glenrock resident.
United States District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl imposed the sentences. The case was investigated by DCI, the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, the Converse County Sheriff’s Office, the Casper Police Department, the Douglas Police Department,the Glenrock Police Department, and, in part, by ATF and DEA. The case was prosecuted by United States Attorney Mark A. Klaassen and Assistant United States Attorney Stuart S. Healy III.