Activity in the United States Attorney’s Office
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 02, 2010|
Justin William Piper, 30, of Laramie, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on November 12, 2010, for shipment of child pornography. After an initial investigation by the United States Postal Service, Piper’s case was referred to the Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). Task Force Agents served a search warrant at Piper’s Laramie, Wyoming residence and obtained Piper’s statement wherein he admitted to distributing child pornography over the Internet. In addition to 120 months of imprisonment and a life term of supervised release, Piper was ordered to pay $1,000.00 in restitution to one of the children identified in an image Piper sent to the undercover postal inspector. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Steven Ward Harris, 32, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on November 30, 2010, for production of child pornography. During the summer of 2009, Steven Harris contacted a 14-year-old girl via a social networking website. Over the course of the next year Harris and the 14-year-old girl communicated via online chats, instant messaging, and telephone calls. On July 13, 2010, Harris drove his van to where the girl lived in Nebraska, picked her up, and drove her to Pine Bluffs. Upon arriving in Pine Bluffs Harris and the girl checked into a motel and engaged in sexual activity. Harris used a cellular phone to take pornographic videos and pictures of the girl. Harris was subsequently apprehended by the FBI and the girl was returned to her home in Nebraska. Harris was sentenced to 198 months of imprisonment, a fine in the amount of $1,000.00, and was ordered to pay $349.79 in restitution. Upon release from custody, Harris will be placed on a life term of supervised release. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Gordon Leander Woody, 39, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on December 1, 2010, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting. Woody was sentenced to 135 months of imprisonment, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.00 and to forfeit $1,500.00. Upon release from custody, Woody will be placed on five years of supervised release. This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.