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Duo faces 51 years

Multiple charges filed against Drumm and Stilley in injury shooting case


August 8, 2018

Just over a week after being detained by deputies from the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, two Encampment men are scheduled to appear in the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Rawlins at 11 a.m. on Aug. 8. Scott David Drumm, 49, and John Henry Lee Stilley, 75, are facing charges of Aggravated Assault and Battery, Attempted Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Endangerment.

According to an affidavit made available to the Saratoga Sun by the circuit court, deputy J.W. Moore responded to reports of shots fired at approximately 12:33 p.m. on Monday, July 30. Moore responded from Rawlins while another deputy, Kevin Shue, responded from Medicine Bow. Due to the distance both deputies were from the scene, assistance from the Wyoming Highway Patrol was requested.

Upon arriving on the scene, continued the affidavit, Moore observed Lt. Kelly Finn of the WHP speaking with two individuals who were later identified as Drumm and Stilley. The two men informed the officers that they had been shooting three different rifles: an SKS, a .22 and a 9mm. Drumm and Stilley informed the officers that they had been using the roof of Stilley’s vehicle as a shooting rest and were shooting south into a stack of logs.

It was while shooting into this stack of logs, which the affidavit described as being stacked in a pyramid shape approximately 10 feet tall, 30 feet deep and 60 feet wide that the house of Anthony and Mackenzie Rakness was struck. The Rakness residence, according to Moore’s affidavit, was three-tenths of a mile behind the log pile the two men were shooting into.

M. Rakness was home at the time with her son making lunch when the shots began. Hearing the shots, Rakness retrieved the family dog from outside and resumed her activities. While standing in the middle of the kitchen, Rakness reported to Moore that she was struck in the leg. Rakness retrieved her son from the child seat he had been sitting on and sought cover behind a wall.

Rakness was discovered by her husband and father-in-law and was transported to Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie. The bullet that struck Rakness was, according to the affidavit, lodged in her lower right femur and caused damage to the joint. Three screws were required to fix the break.

Drumm and Stilley are both currently being held on a $100,000 cash only bond. If convicted, both men could face up to 51 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000.responded from Medicine Bow. Due to the distance


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