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Man sentenced to 80 months for September 2012 assault

Oct 18, 2013 - From staff reports

A 26-year-old man from the Wind River Indian Reservation has been sentenced to 80 months in prison for assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Claude Lee Duran Jr. pleaded guilty to the charge July 18 after signing a plea agreement earlier that month. He was sentenced Oct. 2.

Initial charges

Duran was arrested May 14 on two charges related to his alleged assault against Blaine Collins Oldman on or about Sept. 28, 2012, in Indian Country. Count one alleged that Duran "knowingly" assaulted Oldman, while the second charge said Duran used a dangerous weapon --"a bat, stick or metal rod" --during the attack.

Each counts carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, three years supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

Change of plea

Duran pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment May 21, when it was determined that he would be detained until his trial, set for July 22 in Casper. Court documents state Duran was not granted a bond; he reportedly was not bondable due to detainers in other jurisdictions.

On July 2 a binding plea agreement was entered into the court record, and the change of plea hearing was set for July 18 before U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl.

Duran pleaded guilty July 18 to the first count against him, and the United States dismissed count two when Duran was sentenced Oct. 2.

In addition to 80 months in prison, Duran was sentenced to three years supervised release. He also was ordered to pay $969 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Wind River Police Department with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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