William “Bill” Pownall, representative-elect for state district 52 in Wyoming, faces a criminal investigation in wake of his resignation as sheriff amid allegations that he had the arresting deputy tear up his son’s drunk driving charges to write a new ticket.
Pownell served as Campbell County Sheriff for 12 years and has been involved in law enforcement for the past 39 years in Campbell County.
Carbon County has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate Campbell County Bill Pownall for possible criminal charges for allegedly “ordering his son’s drunken driving ticket be changed to a lesser charge,” according to the Gillette News Record:
Undersheriff Scott Matheny said Sheriff Bill Pownall asked the arresting deputy to write a new ticket for his son. That ticket, which was submitted to Circuit Court, was the one that stated Seth Pownall was arrested for drunken pedestrian instead of a drunken driving. Matheny said the arresting deputy won’t be disciplined for writing a new ticket.
Pownall will willingly leave the sheriff’s office Dec. 2, just a month before he’s scheduled to be sworn in as the new House District 52 state representative.
Pownall turned in a letter of resignation Wednesday afternoon, two weeks after commissioners sent a verified complaint to the Governor’s Office. (If he had not resigned, that would have started the process of removing him as sheriff.)
When asked about how the criminal investigation, incoming House Speaker Kermit C. Brown, (R) Laramie, said he doesn’t know what the future holds in January when the state Legislature convenes.
“I don’t know what his status is going to be by Jan. 13,” Brown said. “I don’t think we can convict him before the courts do, so we’re going to have to wait on the courts.”
However, he noted that Pownall has to be a qualified elector to take the House District 52 chair in early January.
“You can’t be a qualified elector if you’re a convicted felon,” he said.
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