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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Wyoming

Friday, March 29, 2019

Suspect in Evanston carjacking case receives 184 Months in Federal Prison

JONATHAN ALEXANDER OLIVARES, 26, of Uinta County, Wyoming was sentenced in Federal District Court on March 25, 2019 by Chief United States District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl for carjacking and use/carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The charges against Mr. Olivares stemmed from his assault of a Uinta County Sheriff’s Deputy following a State District Court appearance in Evanston, Wyoming on June 26, 2018. After his court appearance, Mr. Olivares attacked and disarmed a Sheriff’s Deputy and fled the County Courthouse before carjacking a local resident at gunpoint. Fast-acting local law enforcement authorities located and re-arrested Mr. Olivares shortly after his escape.

United States Attorney Mark A. Klaassen announced the sentence of one hundred eighty-four months in federal prison to be followed by sixty months of supervised release. Klaassen stated, "I appreciate the prompt action of law enforcement to apprehend the defendant and assist in his prosecution. Such acts of violence will not be tolerated and I am pleased to see that a measure of justice has been achieved to address this unacceptable conduct." Olivares was also ordered to pay $1,727.58 in restitution and a special assessment of $200.00.

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. Former 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.


Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated March 29, 2019