Wambli Mills, 23, of Towaoc, has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to more than 23 years in federal prison after being convicted of sexual assault and pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer.
After serving the combined sentence, Mills faces seven years’ supervised release.
A federal jury on July 18 found Mills guilty of aggravated sexual assault after a weeklong trial before U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn. Mills pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury of a federal police officer on Sept. 27, before Magistrate Judge James Candelaria, a news release Tuesday from U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn said.
In the first case, Mills was sentenced to 200 months in prison, after a federal indictment, for one count of sexual abuse of an incapable victim and one count of aggravated sexual abuse on the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation. According to court documents, Mills raped the victim, who escaped and reported the incident to the police. Mills was found hiding in a field in possession of the victim’s underwear. FBI tests showed the victim’s DNA on Mills’ underwear.
In the second case, Mills was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison after he and his brother, Wendell Mills, Jr., were indicted by a federal grand jury on attempted murder and assault charges. According to court documents, on April 8, 2018, Mills and his brother tackled a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer who was attempting to effectuate an arrest on the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation in Towaoc.
While on the ground, Mills allegedly attempted to choke the officer while yelling, “Goodnight, officer!”
During the struggle, Mills’ brother allegedly grabbed the officer’s holstered pistol, causing the gun to discharge into the officer’s leg. As Mills held the officer down, Mills’ brother allegedly aimed a loaded gun at the officer’s head and pulling the trigger several times.
Wendell Mills, Jr. was sentenced on June 3 to 121 months imprisonment by Blackburn.
The case were investigated by the BIA and FBI.