Three Sentenced For Criminal Acts At Stephens Creek Facility in Yellowstone

Three people were sentenced yesterday for criminal acts at Stephens Creek Facility at Yellowstone National Park.

Cody J. Cyson, of  Minnetonka, Minnesota and Thomas L. Brown of East Hardwick, Vermont,

each entered guilty pleas yesterday to the charges of entering a closed area in Yellowstone National Park and interference with an agency function.  Both individuals were contacted by park law enforcement in the Stephens Creek Administrative Facility on March 6, 2018 just after 5:00 a.m.  Cyson and Brown allegedly used a steel tube and chain to secure themselves to the squeeze chute in order to disrupt the shipping of the bison in the pens.

Cyson was sentenced to serve six days in jail with credit for time served and issued a $250.00 fine on the charge of entering a closed area and a $250.00 fine on the charge of interference with an agency function, a $500.00  community  service  payment  and  $50.00  in  special  assessment.

Brown received an identical sentence. Both Cyson and Brown are banned from entry into Yellowstone National Park for a period of five years and will serve five years of unsupervised probation.

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Hanna F. Ponder, of Donnelly, Idaho, pleaded guilty to one charge of entering a closed area and was sentenced to six days in jail with credit for time served, fined $500.00, a $500.00 community service payment, $40.00 in special  assessment, and banned from Yellowstone National Park for five years and five years of unsupervised probation.

Ponder was allegedly located by law enforcement in the bison closure of the Reese Creek drainage area during the morning hours of March 6, 2018.  At that time, Ponder stated she had been walking the creek looking at birds.

All three defendants appeared  before  and  were  sentenced  by  US  Magistrate  Judge  Mark  L. Carman.

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