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Jan 6, 2013 - The Associated Press
Two killed in I-80 wreck
LARAMIE -- Authorities say two people were killed and four others were injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 80 in Laramie.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Erik Shoden said a pickup truck struck a concrete support Thursday morning and rolled at least 2 ½ times. He says 12-year-old Sergio Carmona, of Columbus, Neb., was killed in the crash, and 13-year-old Verania Carmona died at a hospital.
All five passengers in the pickup were thrown from the vehicle, but the 23-year-old driver had to be extricated.
The patrol says it appears he might have fallen asleep at the wheel.
New regional forester named
CHEYENNE -- A new person is in charge of national forests in five Western states.
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced Friday that Nora Rasure will replace Harv Forsgren as regional forester for the Forest Service Intermountain Region.
The region covers 13 national forests and one national grassland in Nevada, Utah, western Wyoming, southern Idaho and a small portion of California.
Forsgren is retiring and Rasure most recently has been acting regional forester for the Eastern Region.
Rasure will begin her new job Jan. 13.
Armed hotel clerk foiled robbery
CASPER -- Police in Casper say a hotel clerk used a gun she kept in her lunch box to foil a robbery attempt.
Two masked men entered the Quality Inn on Poplar Street before 1 a.m. on Friday and announced they were staging a robbery.
The two men ran from the building after the female clerk pulled out her handgun.
A spokeswoman for the Casper Police Department says the two remain at large.
The Casper robbery attempt came three days after a pair of men with bandannas over their faces robbed a hotel in Laramie. The men in that case made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and have not been captured.
Police are investigating whether the two cases are connected.
Woman sentenced in child porn case
CHEYENNE -- A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Virginia woman to 20 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.
Jessica Shockley, 24, of Bland, Va., had pleaded guilty earlier to sending images of herself sexually molesting an infant to a man in Wyoming in 2011.
Before U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne pronounced her sentence, Shockley stood at a podium chained at her ankles and her wrists, and sobbed occasionally as she thanked her "higher power" for bringing her to court.
"I needed help when I was a child and I didn't know how to ask for it," Shockley said. She said she's eager to show people that she has changed.
Investigators arrested Shockley last year after finding the images on a cellphone belonging to James Hawkins, of Rock Springs. Authorities said Shockley met him in an Internet chat room.
Hawkins has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography. He was sentenced last year to more than 17 years in prison.
Shockley's lawyer, Mel Dunn, told Johnson before Friday's sentencing that she had been sexually abused over the years.
"All of her experiences left her in the position, I believe, of being a throw-away woman," Dunn said.
Charles W. Denison, a forensic psychologist, testified he had examined Shockley and concluded that she understood that her actions were wrong. "She has a long history of being a victim," he said.
Denison said Shockley has a dependent personality disorder, meaning she's willing to do what others ask her to do in order to feel accepted. He said he's satisfied that she's not a pedophile.