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

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wyoming Men Charged With First Degree Murder

U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming Christopher A. Crofts announced today that on May 29, 2013, Alan Brown, 61, and his brother Vernon Lee Brown, 54, both Northern Arapaho Tribal Members, appeared in federal court on an Indictment charging them with one count of First Degree Murder and Aiding and Abetting in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1111, 1153 and 2. The charges against Alan and Vernon Lee Brown stem from an incident that occurred on or about May 6, 2006, which resulted in the death of Tad Paul Barnson, 47, who was originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho, but resided in and around Riverton, Wyoming at the time of his death. Alan and Vernon Lee Brown are Wind River Indian Reservation inhabitants, but are not believed to have any permanent residence. This crime is alleged to have occurred on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Alan and Vernon Lee Brown are facing a potential of life imprisonment or the death penalty, and could be ordered to pay restitution, a fine and special assessment.

Updated July 14, 2015