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Assaulting tribal police leads to prison term

Jul 22, 2012 - From staff reports

An Eastern Shoshone tribal member accused of assaulting three federal law enforcement officers on the Wind River Indian Reservation has been sentenced to 10 months in prison, according to court documents.

Federal prosecutors reported 30-year-old Russell James Ute also was sentenced to two years of supervised release, with the first six months to be served at the Casper Residential Re-Entry Center.

Prosecutors said the officers were investigating a report of a disturbance at a home in February when they were assaulted by Ute.

Ute was ordered to pay a $1,000 special assessment and restitution for the officers' injuries by the U.S. District Court judge.

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office for Wyoming said Wednesday that the amount of restitution Ute must pay will be determined later.

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