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Fort Washakie man sentenced for assault by strangulation

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Fort Washakie man has been sentenced in federal court for assault by strangulation.

Acting United States Attorney Nicholas Vassallo announced today that Reland Leonard-Hiwalker, aka Reland Ferris, 37, was sentenced on Oct. 19 by Judge Alan B. Johnson in Wyoming Federal Court.

Leonard-Hiwalker was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment with three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

The sentence was in connection with a May 10 assault in which Leonard-Hiwalker strangled the victim with his hands around the victim’s neck multiple times, leaving the victim unconscious on one occasion.

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This crime was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant United States Attorney Kerry J. Jacobson prosecuted the case.


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