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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sentencings for November 7 - November 12, 2014

Zachary G. Knigge, 23, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Nancy D. Freudenthal on November 12, 2014, for unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm. Knigge was arrested in Casper, Wyoming. He received 24 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Mario Alberto Ramirez-Contreras, 41, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on November 12, 2014, for possession of child pornography. Ramirez-Contreras was arrested in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He received 24 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

James L. Brown, 51, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on November 7, 2014, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute at least 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Brown was arrested in Casper, Wyoming. He received 130 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $500.00 fine and a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Daphne C. Watkins, 53, of Bowden, West Virginia, was sentenced by Federal District Court Scott W. Skavdahl on November 7, 2014, for possession with intent to distribute approximately 118 kilograms of marijuana and aiding and abetting. Watkins was arrested in Yellowstone National Park. She received 60 months imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the National Park Service and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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