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Two sentenced for similar, unrelated crimes

Aug 13, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Two Northern Arapaho men have been sentenced to prison terms for the same charge in unrelated incidents.

U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl sentenced Matthew Lawrence Antelope, 30, of Ethete to four and a quarter years in a prison followed by three years of probation and about $2,000 in restitution on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm.

The charge was for stabbing Ashley Yellowbear with a knife on the Wind River Indian Reservation, according to U.S. Attorney's Office reports and court documents. His restitution is to go to SageWest Health Care.

Antelope pleaded guilty to the charge on May 22 in line with a plea agreement. It carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison, three years supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The defendant was convicted on the same charge in October 2005 for assaulting and injuring Samuel Harold Friday earlier that year. He was sentenced to just under four years in prison and three years supervised release.

Skavdahl on the same day, Aug. 6, sentenced Dustin James Friday, 24, of Riverton, to 15 months in prison followed by two years supervised release on the same count as Antelope. Friday's charge came from a Jan. 14 incident on the Wind River Indian Reservation, during which Friday assaulted Matthew Behan, causing "serious bodily injury" to the victim, according to court documents.

Friday pleaded guilty May 22 to the charge in line with a plea agreement.

Skavdahl ordered Friday to pay restitution did not set the size yet. He asked parties involved to provide more information in restitution within 90 days so he could decide the amount.