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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sentencings for June 25 & June 26, 2018

ASHLEY MARIE GONZALES, 27, of Cheyenne, Wyoming was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on June 25, 2018 for seize, confine, kidnap, carry away, and hold as well as possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Gonzales was arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She received one hundred twenty months of imprisonment, to be followed by sixty months of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment. The Cheyenne Police Department, Weld County Colorado Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

DUSTIN RAY TEEPLES, 43, of Orem, Utah was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on June 26, 2018 for conspiracy to distribute heroin. Teeples was arrested in Washakie County, Wyoming. He received forty months of imprisonment, to be followed by thirty-six months of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $900.00 in community restitution and a $100.00 special assessment. The Washakie County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case.

CALEB ALLEN ROOT, 38, with no known permanent address, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on June 26, 2018 for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Root was arrested in Sheridan, Wyoming. He received fifty-four months of imprisonment, to be followed by thirty-six months of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment. The Sheridan Police Department, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated this case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 
18-031
Updated June 28, 2018