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United States of America v. Wendell Mills, Jr.
Case Number: 1:18-cr-00182-REB-JMC
Judge: Robert E. Blackburn
Court: United States District Court for the District of Colorado (La Plata County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Jeff Graves
Defendant's Attorney: Ingrid A. Alt
Durango, CO - Towaoc Man Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Federal Prison for Attempted Murder of a Police Officer
Wendell Mills, Jr., age 21, of Towaoc, Colorado, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn to serve over 10 years (121 months) in federal prison, followed by 3 years on supervised release for attempting to murder a federal police officer.
Mills was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 13, 2018, on a charge of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree of a Federal Officer. According to court documents, as well as facts presented during sentencing, on April 8, 2018, Mills tackled a Bureau of Affairs Police Officer who was attempting to effectuate an arrest in Towaoc, Colorado, on the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation. On the ground, Mills and another individual attempted to choke the officer while yelling “goodnight officer!” During the struggle, Mills grabbed the officer’s holstered pistol, causing the gun to discharge into the officer’s leg. As Mills took control of the weapon, the officer was able to release the gun’s magazine. Mills pointed what he believed was a loaded gun at the officers head and pulled the trigger. When the gun failed to discharge, Mills “racked” the slide, and again tried to fire it at the head of the officer. A bystander intervened long enough for the officer to deploy his taser and subdue Mills.
“The brave men and women serving as federal agents and officers routinely accept risk to themselves to protect us and our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn. “Violence against our law enforcement community will simply not be tolerated.”
“This sentence represents the FBI's commitment to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who seeks to assault or kill any of our law enforcement partners,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips.
This case was investigated by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Outcome: 06/05/2019 125 ORDER granting 104 Motion for Leave to Restrict. CM/ECF documents [# 105 ] and [# 106 ] shall be maintained under Level 1 restriction as defined by D.C.COLO.LCrR 47.1(b). By Judge Robert E. Blackburn on 06/05/2019. (athom, ) (Entered: 06/05/2019)