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Man charged after arrest sparked threat against deputy

Jun 17, 2015 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

A man is facing charges in Lander District Court that he threatened a Fremont County Sheriff's Office deputy.

He could see up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

A deputy arrested Benjamin Dean Stanley, 31, of Pavillion, at about 11:10 a.m. on June 2 after finding Stanley drunk and asleep in his 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck on Wyoming Highway 134, according to an affidavit.

Stanley smelled of alcohol, had trouble standing, and had a wet spot in the groin area of his pants, the document stated, and the deputy concluded the Pavillion man was too drunk to drive.

The deputy arrested Stanley and was driving him to the Fremont County Detention Center when, allegedly, the defendant began threatening the deputy, his wife and his daughter.

Stanley lives across a street from the deputy and his family, according to the affidavit, and said he knew where they lived. Stanley threatened the deputy's daughter, the document said, and would rape the deputy's wife.

"Stanley tells Deputy Phillips he will not be able to sleep as long as he lives across the street from him," the affidavit said.

The deputy used an audio recorder to record some of Stanley's threats, investigators said.

The Fremont County Attorney's Office charged Stanley with influencing, intimidating or impeding an officer, driving under the influence and interference with a police officer. Riverton Circuit Court Judge Wesley Roberts bound Stanley's case over on June 12.

An arraignment in District Court is the next step in Stanley's case, but the date for that hearing has not been set.

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