Ex-Indian Affairs policeman gets 13 months for kidnapping

A federal judge in Wyoming has sentenced a former U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs policeman to serve 13 months in prison on a kidnapping conviction stemming from a confrontation with his wife.

Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne on Monday accepted a plea agreement between prosecutors and William Arthur Curran. The agreement limited Curran’s prison sentence to a maximum of 13 months while federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of using a gun in a violent crime.

Prosecutors say Curran’s wife reported he had handcuffed her and threatened to kill her at their home in Ft. Washakie, on the Wind River Indian Reservation, in April.

Johnson rejected a request from defense lawyer H. Michael Bennett to sentence Curran to home confinement or to release him immediately.

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