CASPER, (AP) - Federal prosecutors have linked a second death to a case in which a group of Wyoming men are charged with distributing cocaine and heroin. The group also has been connected to the December 2nd death of Cheyenne professional bull rider Bryan John Guthrie.
Authorities named a fifth defendant in a new indictment unsealed Thursday in federal court in Casper that cites the death of 34-year-old Valarie A. Sena in Cheyenne on August 1st.
Authorities say Vernon V. Ellefson Jr. was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine resulting in death, and another count of distribution of heroin resulting in death. The new indictment did not contain any details about Sena's death or Ellefson's alleged involvement.