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Man gets prison time for fatal drunk driving crash on Wind River Indian Reservation

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

CASPER, Wyo. — An Ethete man was sentenced to 31 months’ imprisonment last week for a fatal drunk driving crash in Fort Washakie, according to a release by the U.S. Justice Department.

Coal Donavan Weed, 34, was sentenced on the involuntary manslaughter charge by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on Wednesday, June 12. He pleaded guilty in March.

FBI agents were called to the scene of a fatal vehicle crash in Fort Washakie on Aug. 20, 2022, the release said. 

“The victim, a passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene and Weed, the driver, was taken to the hospital. Weed consented to a blood draw that resulted in a blood alcohol concentration of .216%,” the release said. 

Weed will also serve three years of supervised release.

The crime was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy W. Gist.


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