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Dec 18, 2013 - The Associated Press
Second teen pleads guilty in killing
GREEN RIVER -- A second Rock Springs teen has pleaded guilty to killing a 17-year-old boy last year.
Jose Antonio Campos, 19, pleaded guilty Monday in Green River to second-degree murder in the death of Rigoberto Alvarado Jr.
Brady Jacob Trevino also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October. Bufford Greymountain Jr. is also charged and scheduled to go on trial in January.
Campos said Alvarado was killed because they owed him money for marijuana. He said he thought the trio would just scare him, not kill him.
They're accused of bringing Alvarado out to the desert, digging a grave and then hitting him over the head with a bat. Trevino said he also shot him to make it look like he was killed by a drug supplier.
Hot Springs State Park to sell bison
CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources plans to sell seven bison at the Hot Springs State Park office in Thermopolis.
The park is taking bids on two heifer calves, four bull calves and one mature cow until 5 p.m. January 14. The minimum bid is $1,000 for calves born in 2013 and $1,200 for the cow.
Each animal offered will be sold to the highest bidder and buyers may begin picking up their animals on Jan. 21.
Man gets life for sexual assault
CASPER -- A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old mentally challenged girl has been sentenced to life in prison.
Judge Thomas Sullins had little discretion in sentencing James Edward Rogers on Tuesday in Casper. Rogers was convicted in 1990 of assaulting a 10-year-old girl and Wyoming law requires that habitual offenders be sentenced to life.
Rogers' attorney asked for credit for time served for two lesser charges but Rogers asked the judge to just give him life "so I can go die somewhere." He also directed diatribes full of curses at his own attorney and the judge.
The victim's mother told the judge that her daughter is in therapy because of the assault. Rogers looked straight ahead and not at her.
Wildlife activist poached elk
POCATELLO, Idaho -- The Idaho director for the wildlife advocacy group Greater Yellowstone Coalition has pleaded guilty to poaching two elk.
Marv Hoyt is on vacation and will retire from his post at the end of the year. Hoyt pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor charges of unlawful taking of game and wasteful destruction of wildlife. Prosecutors said Hoyt only had one elk tag but that he killed three cow elk during a November hunting trip in Caribou County.
Fish and Game officer Blake Phillips found the three elk carcasses. The first elk had been gutted and the meat taken, but the other two had not been harvested.