CASPER – U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming Christopher A. Crofts announced today that a man was convicted of murder in connection of the shooting death of his wife.
In a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Croft said Koby Dean Johnson, 52, was convicted following a five-day jury trial in United States District Court in Casper, of first degree murder and causing death with a firearm. The conviction is in connection with the shooting death of his wife, Rachael Noel Johnson, 36, a nursing student at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.
Several of the couple’s children witnessed the murder and had to be called to testify at trial. The crime occurred on November 21, 2015, in Fort Washakie.
Sentencing has been set for August 26, 2016, at 8:15 am before United States District Judge Scott Skavdahl in Casper. Johnson faces a mandatory life sentence.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kerry Jacobson, Desiree Wilson and James Anderson, with the assistance of the case agent, FBI Special Agent Christine Coble.