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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Wyoming

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 25, 2017
John R. Green
, United States Attorney
Contact: Mark N. Trimble

Activity in the United States Attorney's Office

Sentences

Christopher Buchholz, 31, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on May 25, 2017, for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and for use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Buchholz was arrested in Sheridan, Wyoming. He received 72 months of imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment and $250.00 in restitution. This case was investigated by the Sheridan Police Department, the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.
 
Richard John Anderson, 52, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on May 25, 2017, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Anderson was arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He received 30 months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Cheyenne Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
 
Melissa Millard, 35, of Billings, Montana, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on May 25, 2017, for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Millard was arrested in Sheridan, Wyoming. She received 57 months of imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and $600.00 in restitution. This case was investigated by the Sheridan Police Department, the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.
 
Jose Del Carmen Olivares-Silva, 42, of Mexico, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on May 24, 2017, for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Olivares-Silva was arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He received time served, plus ten days, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment, and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
 
Vidal Jimenez-Herrera, 26, of Mexico, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on May 24, 2017, for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Jimenez-Herrera was arrested in Torrington, Wyoming. He received time served, plus ten days,
was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment, and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
 
Neil George Downard, Jr., 31, of Custer, Washington, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on May 24, 2017, for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Downard, Jr., was arrested in Gillette, Wyoming. He received 120 months of imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment and $400.00 in restitution. This case was investigated by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
 
Austin Burroughs, 25, of Auburn, New York, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on May 24, 2017, for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and for use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Burroughs was arrested in Sheridan, Wyoming. He received 60 months and 191 days of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment and $400.00 in restitution. This case was investigated by the Sheridan Police Department, the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.
 
Enrique Rodriguez-Cabrera, 33, of Mexico, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on May 24, 2017, for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Rodriguez-Cabrera was arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He received time served, plus ten days, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment, and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
 
Stefano Martin Bowling, 41, of Arvada, Colorado, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on May 24, 2017, for conspiracy to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Bowling was arrested in Denver, Colorado. He received 58 months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and $250.00 in restitution. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.
 
Patrick Gene Patterson, 37, of Grants, New Mexico, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on May 23, 2017, for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Patterson was arrested in Gillette, Wyoming. He received 135 months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and $500.00 in restitution. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
 
Travis Aaron Benson, 41, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on May 24, 2017, for possession of child pornography. Benson was arrested in Laramie, Wyoming. He received 37 months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and $14,000.00 in restitution. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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