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Casper, Gillette men sentenced in U.S. District Court for drugs, firearms, fraud

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CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man and two Gillette men were among the latest defendants sentenced in U.S. District Court, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sentencing includes:

  • Chief United States District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl sentenced Donae Larae Chavez, 40, of Gillette, on July 29, 2022, for conspiracy to commit bank fraud to 28 months’ imprisonment and five years’ supervised release. Chavez was also ordered to pay $9,971.29 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. The crime was investigated by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christyne M. Martens.
  • United States District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal sentenced Brett Scheeler, 53, of Gillette, on Aug. 4, 2022, for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. He received a sentence of 97 months’ imprisonment and five years’ supervised release, and was ordered to pay $5,000 in community restitution and a $100 special assessment. The crime was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan C. Coppom.
  • Freudenthal sentenced David Leroy Young, 64, of Casper, on Aug. 4, 2022, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He received a sentence of 46 months’ imprisonment and three years’ supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. The crime was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan C. Coppom.
  • United States District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson sentenced Gerald Lee Johnston, 57, of Springfield, Oregon, on July 26, 2022, to nine months’ imprisonment and a $100 special assessment for possession of stolen mail. The crime was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Elmore.
  • Chief United States District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl sentenced William Douglas Blattel, 51, of Sacramento, California, on July 27, 2022, for being a felon in possession of a firearm to 120 months’ imprisonment, three years’ supervised release and a $100 special assessment. The crime was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Timothy J. Forwood.


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