Local man sentenced for assault involving firearm

(Cheyenne, WY) – United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that Ronald Jenkins, 26, of Arapahoe, was sentenced for use, carry, and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence.

He was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on December 20, 2021 in connection with an assault on January 5, 2021 where Jenkins shot another man in the abdomen, causing life-threatening injuries, when the two men argued about a song on the radio.

Alcohol was reportedly involved.

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Jenkins received 84 months imprisonment, five years of supervised release with special conditions, and was ordered to pay $1,357 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. 

“This case exemplifies why it is important to keep guns out of reach when drinking,” said United States Attorney Bob Murray. “Alcohol impairs judgement, and, in this case, a simple argument escalated to the point of one friend shooting another friend.”

“I can unequivocally say, this would not have happened had the pair not been drinking. We appreciate the work of our partners at the Wind River Police Department and the Riverton Police Department who helped investigate the case.”

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Wind River Police Department, with assistance from the Riverton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kerry J. Jacobson prosecuted the case.

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