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Sunday, April 5, 2009

[WY] Trooper Ryle - Allegations he threatened, choked, bit his wife, and held a gun to her head

...The protection order request doesn't mention the allegations that led federal authorities to file charges against Ryle on March 26. It does include accusations by Ryle's wife that he choked and bit her, held a gun to her head and threatened to take away the couple's two children...

TROOPER'S WIFE SOUGHT PROTECTION ORDER
Casper Star-Tribune Online
By JOSHUA WOLFSON
April 4, 2009 8:36 PM MDT
[Excerpts] The wife of state trooper Franklin Ryle Jr. asked for a protection order against him the same month the Wyoming Highway Patrol placed him on administrative leave, court documents show. Ryle's wife based her protection order petition on allegations he physically abused her and threatened her with a gun... A judge granted the order the same day. Federal authorities have charged Ryle with unlawfully arresting and kidnapping a man in an incident that allegedly happened eight days before the protection order was granted. The details of the government's case remain under court seal. The protection order request doesn't mention the allegations that led federal authorities to file charges against Ryle on March 26. It does include accusations by Ryle's wife that he choked and bit her, held a gun to her head and threatened to take away the couple's two children, court papers show... [Ryle's attorney, Gay Woodhouse] Wyoming's one-time attorney general, said she wasn't aware that Ryle has ever been criminally charged with domestic violence. The Highway Patrol put Ryle, a 12-year veteran based in Douglas, on paid leave in mid-January. The 41-year-old is being held without bond at Natrona County Detention Center and remains on leave from the patrol... Converse County Circuit Judge I. Vincent Case Jr. granted Ryle's wife a temporary protection order Jan. 16 and approved a second order, which runs through August, on March 23, court papers show. The latter order prohibits Ryle from abusing his wife or initiating contact with her. Both Ryle and his wife signed a motion requesting the second protection order... Ryle's wife filed for divorce in February, citing irreconcilable differences... They make no reference to the allegations that led to his March 26 arrest by agents with the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. The divorce is pending. The U.S. Department of Justice is prosecuting Ryle on a criminal civil rights charge that accuses him of performing the kidnapping "while acting color of law." He is also charged with brandishing a gun during the kidnapping, and he could face life behind bars if convicted... [Full article here]
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