Two Wyoming men sentenced in federal crime cases

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Published: Jul. 18, 2022 at 11:40 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Release) - Acting United States Attorney Nicholas Vassallo announced today that JAMES WAYNE LUCE, age 29, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced for production of child pornography on July 6, 2022, by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson. Luce was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment with 12 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

Luce came to the attention of law enforcement after an acquaintance found his lost cell phone, unlocked it, observed nude pictures of a prepubescent female child, and turned it in to the Casper Police Department. The Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the incident and was able to locate and identify child victims.

This crime was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation through their participation in the Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christyne M. Martens.

Meanwhile, ANTHONY PIERCE UNOCIC, age 52, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was sentenced for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition on July 5, 2022, by United States District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson. Unocic was sentenced to 33 months’ imprisonment with three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

On October 7, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security intercepted an illegal firearm suppressor being shipped into the United States from China. The shipping label identified Unocic and his address. Law enforcement conducted a controlled delivery of the suppressor to Unocic. The delivery was immediately followed by the execution of a search warrant at Unocic’s residence in Cheyenne, which resulted in the seizure of multiple firearms, ammunition, and the suppressor.

This crime was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Elmore.

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