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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Wyoming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

FORT WASHAKIE MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT BY STRANGULATION

United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that DARWIN JAMES BROWN, 56, of Fort Washakie, Wyoming, was charged with assault by strangulation. Brown appeared for an arraignment hearing on April 5, 2022, before Federal District Court Magistrate Judge Kelly H. Rankin and pleaded not guilty to the charges. A trial has been set for June 6, 2022.  

Brown faces up to 10‑years’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, up to a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This crime is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan C. Coppom is prosecuting the case.

An indictment merely contains allegations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Case No. 22-CR-00036

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Contact: Lori Hogan (Contractor) United States Attorney Spokesman Office: 307-772-2124 Email: usawy.pio@usdoj.gov Twitter: @usaowy
Press Release Number: 
22-034
Updated April 20, 2022