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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 21, 2018

Sentencings for September 13, 2018

MICHAEL BURTON LEE WILLIAMS, 40, of Casper, Wyoming was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on September 13, 2018 for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Williams was arrested in Casper, Wyoming. He received one hundred eighty one months of imprisonment, to be followed by sixty months of supervised release. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the D.E.A. investigated this case.

MELVIN EDWARD JEFFERSON, 32, of Fort Worth, Texas was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on September 13, 2018 for interference with interstate commerce by means of robbery and aid and abet, use and brandish a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and felon in possession of a firearm. Jefferson was arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He received one hundred fifty months of imprisonment, to be followed by sixty months months of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,409.00 and a $300.00 special assessment. The Gillette Police Department and 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.

BRICE ASHTON CARTER, 34, of Cheyenne, Wyoming was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on September 13, 2018 for counterfeiting and forging obligations or securities of the United States and felon in possession of a firearm. Carter was arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He received eighty-four months of imprisonment, to be followed by thirty-six months of supervised release, and ordered to pay an $800.00 fine, and a $200.00 special assessment. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated this case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 
18-042
Updated September 24, 2018