Wyoming Man Sentenced for Rollover that Killed Two Scottsbluff Teens


A Cheyenne man has been sentenced to up to 60 years in prison for a fatal rollover that took place in January killing two Scottsbluff teenagers.

On Monday, a Wyoming judge sentenced 23-year-old Ethan Kaufman to serve 12 to 20 years for each homicide charge he faced for the deaths of 18-year-old Alexis Wheeler and 19-year-old Hallie Anderson.

Kaufman pleaded no contest in September to two counts of aggravated homicide by a vehicle, in addition to two no contest pleas for drunken driving causing serious bodily harm related to two other passengers in the vehicle.

Kaufman was given an additional three to 10 years for the two drunk driving charges.

The sentences must be served consecutively, but one bodily injury count could be suspended if Kaufman serves the other sentences without incident.

Goshen County Attorney Patrick Korell says evidence and witness statements during Kaufman's preliminary hearing indicated he was traveling 99 miles per hour, was legally intoxicated and was texting just prior to the Jan. 9 accident.

The crash occurred just west of the state line in Wyoming. There were six people riding in the pickup.