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Man gets five months for killing uncle

Submitted by Newsroom on May 2, 2011 – 1:58 pm2 Comments

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTO, Wyo. – More details have been released regarding the sentencing of a Northern Arapaho man for killing his uncle on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fremont County.

According to court documents, 39-year-old Anthony Addison Jr. pushed 52-year-old William James Spoonhunter Sr. down during a drunken argument on Nov. 21. The push sent Spoonhunter falling backward smacking his head on the concrete pavement of a parking lot. That was at the Beaver Creek Housing complex south of Riverton. Spoonhunter survived the initial fall, but died a day later at a hospital in Casper.

Addison got five months in prison for criminally negligent homicide, was ordered to pay $53,000 in restitution and will be on supervised release for a year. The sentencing details were announced last week by the office of U.S. Attorney Christopher Crofts.

As part of the sentencing agreement, Addison will undergo substance abuse treatment and serve 100 hours of community service by speaking to children about the consequences of alcohol addiction.

He was facing the charge of involuntary manslaughter, initially, to which he had pleaded not guilty on Jan. 14.Then in February, under an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Addison pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

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2 Comments

Comment by sofaspud
2011-05-02 16:14:16

What a joke. That just tells everyone that alcohol is an excuse. “Oops. Didn’t mean to do that. I was drunk. My bad.” And the respons: “Oh, ok. Bad boy. Don’t do that again, ok? Put your hands out so we can slap them and you can be on your way.”

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Comment by curt
2011-05-03 07:50:36

A sad situation but just another sign and symptom of a greater problem. It is time for people of the community to step up and hold each other accountable. If you have an alcohol problem stop drinking and get help. If your buddy has an alcohol problem confront him and get him help. If you can’t handle it don’t start.

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