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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Wyoming
Nicholas Vassallo, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Activity in the U.S. Attorney's Office

District of Wyoming

Recent Sentencings

Violent Crime

Dennis Bryce Bearing, age 42, of Arapahoe, Wyoming, was sentenced to 51 months’ imprisonment for assault by strangulation. U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson imposed the sentence on Feb 5. According to court documents, on Oct. 18, 2023, Bureau of Indian Affairs police were contacted regarding a domestic assault. Upon interviewing the victim, officers learned that Bearing had attacked the victim by punching, kicking, then strangling her. The crime was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Elmore.

Drug Trafficking and Illegal Possession of a Firearm

Robert Brady Anthony, age 60, of Bern, Idaho, was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison for being a felon and unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Scott. W. Skavdahl imposed the sentence on Feb. 5. According to court documents, on Sept. 12, 2022, the Evanston Police Department responded to the Days Inn for a medical call. Officers found Anthony in need of medical attention for a suspected overdose. Officers eventually found heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana, along with a pistol and ammunition. Anthony has several prior felony convictions and is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm. He pled guilty to the charges on Sep. 12, 2023. This crime was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Evanston Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan C. Coppom.

About the United States Attorney’s Office

The United States Attorney’s Office is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the District of Wyoming, including all criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits brought by or against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The Office is involved in several programs designed to make our communities safer. They include:

Environmental Justice
The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Project Safe Childhood
Project Safe Childhood (PSC) is a DOJ initiative that combats the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children. The threat of sexual predators soliciting children for sexual contact is well-known and serious.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reducing gun and gang crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful.

Victim Witness Assistance
The Victim Witness Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming is dedicated to making sure that victims of federal crimes and their family members are treated with compassion, fairness, and respect.

To report a federal crime, go to:


Contact: Lori Hogan (Contractor)
Public Information Officer
Office: 307-772-2124 
Twitter: @usaowy


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