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Trosper sentenced to prison for assault

Submitted by Newsroom on January 11, 2012 – 11:50 am2 Comments

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — In other news coming from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne — we’ve learned that 41-year-old Milton Trosper of Ethete has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for assaulting a man during a drunken altercation at a residence on the Wind River Reservation in Fremont County.

He was also ordered to pay restitution of about $2,500 to cover the medical expenses of his victim, identified in court records as 25-year-old Charles Chavis, who suffered multiple fractures to his face and damage to his eyesight.

Trosper pleaded guilty to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. As part of that agreement, he also agreed to plead guilty to battery in the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Court.

The charges stem from an incident that happened last March at a resident on Blue Sky Highway in Ethete.

In an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Nathan Eaton, Chavis said he was beaten for trying to protect 27-year-old Zoe Friday from Trosper.

Chavis told the FBI agent the three had been drinking at the Silver Spur Bar in Lander, with Valerie Ware, when they decided to drive to Ware’s place on the reservation. Arriving there, he said he and Ware got out of the vehicle and went into the house, leaving Trosper in the back seat with Friday, who appeared to be sleeping.

About 20 minutes later, Chavis said Trosper came into the house, followed by Friday who was screaming he’d raped her. Chavis said Trosper put his accuser in a choke hold when she tried to punch him and that’s when Chavis stepped in, pulled her away and took her outside.

It was there, outside the home, that Chavis said Trosper pushed him backwards off a porch and started kicking him in the head. Both Chavis and Friday were treated for injuries at the hospital in Lander.

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2 Comments

Comment by 4realman
2012-01-12 09:45:25

Inteligents abound!

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Comment by dickie
2012-01-12 11:59:14

What about the rape allegation?

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