Gillette man sentenced following bar fight in Moorcroft
June 3, 2021
A Gillette man has been sentenced to up to six years in jail on a felony charge of interference with a police officer. Vincent Everett allegedly attacked a Moorcroft police officer who chased him after a fight broke out in a local bar.
On August 13, 2020 at around 11.30 p.m., two officers from Moorcroft Police Department heard a bartender yelling from Dewey’s Place that a fight was in progress. One of the two men allegedly fighting was escorted from the bar, while a witness approached the officers to state that he had broken up the fight and the other man had left.
One officer sprinted to where Everett was walking on Big Horn Avenue and saw Everett trying to run down the alley. He ordered him to stop; Everett did so and raised both hands in the air.
Everett allegedly then began to approach the officer, who ordered him to stop and show his hands. The officer reports that Everett continued to approach, so he drew his duty weapon.
When Everett raised his hands again, the officer observed a phone in his right hand. The officer reports holstering his weapon and ordering Everett to the ground.
Everett then allegedly threw his phone at the officer’s head, turned and ran towards a fenced yard. The officer alerted the second officer that he was running as Everett approached the fence and tried to jump it, landing midway on the fence.
The officer reports escorting Everett to the ground, where Everett struck him in the face with his elbow. The second officer arrived and the two were able to place him in handcuffs.
The officer searched the area and located an eye glass case containing a glass pipe with white residue. The second officer performed a search of Everett and allegedly located a baggie containing a substance later confirmed to be methamphetamine.
Everett was informed he was under arrest and ordered to sit on the ground. He allegedly then began to yell profanities.
Everett was found guilty of one felony count of interference with a peace officer and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. On the felony count, Judge Stuart S. Healy III sentenced him to between four and six years in a state penal institution and a fine in the amount of $2000.
This sentence will run consecutively to a separate case in Campbell County. On the misdemeanor charge, he was sentenced to 39 days in the Crook County Detention Center, with credit for 39 days served, to run concurrent to the felony count in Crook County.