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Cheyenne man sentenced in federal court for unlawful possession of a firearm

The Joseph C. O'Mahoney Federal Center in Cheyenne. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Devon Jonathan Souza (also known as Devon Jonathan Swan), 29, of Cheyenne was convicted on May 10, 2023, by a federal jury for being a felon and a drug user in unlawful possession of a firearm.

The trial was held before U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, on Sept. 1, 2021, Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers attempted to pull Souza over based on known warrants. Souza led troopers, police officers and sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase through Cheyenne and then attempted to flee on foot. He was apprehended and taken into custody. Law enforcement returned to the vehicle and found a loaded Ruger pistol in a bag. While in custody, Souza tested positive for methamphetamine.

Souza faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment with three years of supervised release, up to a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment. Judge Johnson will determine the sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Sentencing has not been scheduled.

This crime was investigated by the Wyoming Highway Patrol; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Cheyenne Police Department; the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office; and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys T.J. Forwood and Seth Griswold.