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May 15, 2007
Brett Johnson, Sweetwater County Attorney, 307-872-6311
Cindy Wertz, BLM, 307-775-6014

Four Men Convicted for Killing Wild Horse

Two Wyoming men and two Utah men have been convicted for their involvement in the killing of a wild horse Sweetwater County Attorney, Brett Johnson announced today.

Clint Proffit, 41, of Diamondville, Wyoming, James Hoffman, 42, of Kemmerer, Wyoming, and Randy Hoffman, 53, of Randolph, Utah were each convicted of Conspiracy to Kill a Wild Horse and Property Destruction, both misdemeanors. Terry Reid, 48, of Dutch John, Utah was convicted of Conspiracy to Kill a Wild Horse and Accessory After the Fact, both misdemeanors. The four men were convicted in Circuit Court of the Third Judicial District, Sweetwater County, Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Proffit, Randy Hoffman, and Reid were sentenced to six months in the Sweetwater County Jail, all jail time suspended, six months of unsupervised probation, $1,000 fine, $200 to the Wyoming Victims Compensation Fund, $60 in court costs, and $125 restitution to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for killing of the wild horse. James Hoffman received the same sentence with all but two days suspended in the Sweetwater County Jail. Hoffman received credit for two days served.

During the spring of 2005, at the Ramsay Ranch south of Rock Springs, Wyoming, the Hoffmans roped a BLM wild horse stud and brought it to the ground. Proffit used a knife to castrate the horse. The horse died. Reid hauled the dead horse to a remote draw. The incident occurred within the BLM Salt Wells Wild Horse Management Area. The case was investigated by a BLM Special Agent and Ranger. The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and the Wyoming Livestock Board assisted BLM with the investigation.

This case is the first prosecution related to the unlawful killing of wild horses under a Wyoming state law passed in 2002. The passage of this law was a result of the shooting deaths of 37 BLM wild horses in Sweetwater County, Wyoming in 2001. In Wyoming the Unlawful Killing of Wild Horses is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $750, imprisonment for six months, or both.