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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sentencings for December 28, 2017 - January 4, 2018

Paul Dwayne Jones, 54, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on January 4, 2018, for aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Jones was arrested in Casper, Wyoming. He received 120 months of imprisonment, to be followed by ten years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and $900.00 in restitution. This case was investigated by the Casper Police Department, the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

James Eugene Watkins, 52, of Osage, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on January 3, 2018, for counterfeiting and forging obligations or securities of the United States and aiding and abetting. Watkins was arrested in Weston County, Wyoming. He received 18 months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and $210.00 in restitution. This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.

Stephanie Joy Nicole Dodson, 45, of Everett, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on January 2, 2018, on two counts of timber set afire. Dodson was arrested in Pennsylvania. She received 53 months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment and $105,712.68 in restitution. This case was investigated by the U.S. Forest Service.

Juan Herrera-Diaz, 30, of Tuxpan, Nayarit, Mexico, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on December 28, 2017, for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Herrera-Diaz was arrested in Albany County, Wyoming. He received time served, plus ten days, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Environment
Immigration
Securities, Commodities, & Investment Fraud
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Updated January 5, 2018