Fremont County man pled ‘guilty’ to reckless assault charges stemming from bonfire incident

(Arapahoe, WY) – United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that Brian Williams, 20, of Arapahoe, pled “guilty” to two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

The change of plea hearing was held on November 19th, 2021 in front of Chief United States District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl who set sentencing for February 9th, 2022.

The charges stem from a March 13th, 2021 incident where Williams was driving a truck in a
reckless manner, while intoxicated, in a field at a bonfire party on the Wind River Reservation attended by several of Williams’ friends.

Williams lost control of the truck and knocked the victims into the fire, severely burning them.

Williams transported one of the victims to a Riverton emergency room, while the other victim was transported by another person at the party.

Williams remained at the hospital for several hours and called the victims’ family to report the incident.

Each count carries a sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment, up to three years supervised release, up to a $250,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.

The case was investigated by officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Assistant United States Attorney Timothy W. Gist prosecuted the case.

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