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Ethete Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Assault by Strangulation

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A 32-year-old Ethete man was recently sentenced to 16 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release for the charge of assault by strangulation. Chief United States District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl also ordered Calvin Anderson White to pay $2,699.70 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. The prosecution stemmed from a domestic violence incident that occurred at a residence on the Wind River Indian Reservation. United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming Bob Murray said these types of assaults cannot be tolerated as it affects every fiber of the community when violent assaults occur and that his office will continue to prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law. The crime was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Murray also announced that 43-year-old Denver Lee John of Fort Washakie pleaded guilty to the charge of strangulation at a change of plea hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal. A sentencing hearing has been set for July 28, 2022. If convicted, John faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 and a $100 special assessment. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. The crime is being investigated by the FBI and the Wind River Police Department.

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