Non-Native Man Pleads Guilty of Killing of Arapaho Man and Attempted Murder of Another

Ron Cyde walked into a detox center and shot 2 American Indian men

Ron Cyde walked into a detox center and shot 2 American Indian men

Published October 3, 2015

LANDER, WYOMING—Roy Clyde, 32, pleaded guilty in Lander District Court on Thursday to shooting two homeless American Indian men on July 18, 2015 in Riverton, Wyoming, which resulted in murder to one of the men and attempted murder of the other. Both of the homeless men were tribal citizens of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

Clyde, a former Riverton City Parks and Recreation employee, walked into the Center of Hope Center, a detoxification center and shot the two men in cold-blood. Killed in the shooting was Stallone Trosper, who was 29-years-old. Sonny Goggles, cousin to the Northern Arapaho Business Council Chairman Dean Goggles, survived the shooting.

Shortly after his arrest in July, Clyde a former Riverton City Parks and Recreation employee, that he shot the two homeless men “because he was tired of cleaning up after the homeless” population.

Clyde’s plea spares him of the death penalty, but will land him in prison for the rest of his life.

After the shooting in July, tribal leaders called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the shooting as a hate crime. Clyde maintains he went to a Riverton city park to kill homeless, but could not find any upon arrival. So he went to the detoxification center and shot Trosper and Goggles.

“Regardless of race, you were seeking to kill transient people,” Clyde was asked by his attorney in court on Thursday. “That is correct,” Clyde responded. Even with Clyde’s plea, the federal investigation continues.

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