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Regional Champs! Rocky Mountain Head Coach Carol McMillin (center) celebrates with the varsity Shoshoni to win the 2A Northwest Regional Championship Saturday in Lander. The volleyball team, cheerleaders and fans following their four-game victory over Grizz travel to Casper today to compete as the top seed from the West. BRAD DEWPJaVX Lovell, Wyoming 82431 Price 75 Thursday, October 28, 2010 Volume 105, Number 20 Commission denies petition for removal BY KARLA POMEROY The Big Horn County com- missioners have denied the peti- tion to remove Big Horn County Attorney Georgia Antley Hunt from office. At a special meeting Tuesday morning, the commissioners de- liberated about an hour and then met via teleconference with their attorney and hearing officer Tom Jubin for about 30 minutes, ac- cording to Commissioner Jerry Ewen. They then came out of ex- ecutive session and made two motions, both approved unani- mously. The first motion was to deny the petition .that had been filed Aug. 2 by Letitia Abromats of Greybull. The second motion See 'HUNT,' page 7 Legal high could be dangerous BY BRAD DEVEREAUX When researchers at Clem- son University in South Caro- lina developed a formula more than a decade ago to mimic the active chemicals in marijuana, they hoped to study the relation- ship between chemical struc- ture and biological activity. The group was attempting to create a substance that recreates the herb's therapeutic effects like appetite stimulation and pain relief while eliminating its psy- chotropic properties. However, once completed, the team's work was not fit for medical trials be- cause they created chemicals with stronger psychotropic ef- fects than marijuana. However, the research find- ings were published in 1998 and the synthetic compounds that were developed are available for purchase today. While some are using the substance to fur- ther research, it is also being sprayed on the leaves of the da- miana plant, labeled as an in- cense and placed on the shelves of gas stations, convenience stores and smoke shops around the country. It's clearly marked "not for human consumption," but it's also being used to get high. Since it exploded in the U.S. in recent years, more than a dozen states have passed legislation or are considering actions to make it illegal. It's been sold in the lo- cal area and several people have been admitted to the hospital in recent weeks, complaining about the effects after smoking it. It may sound like pages from a sci-fi thriller, but this is the re- See 'SPICE HIGH,' page 7 Iley guilty on seven counts BY BRENDA TENBOER Twelve jurors -- five men and seven women -- found Mar- vin Tilley, 58, of Deaver guilty of seven felony counts including six sexual assault crimes and one burglary with intent to commit sexual assault Monday afternoon in Basin. In a district court trial that spanned six days, four women who were children when Tilley sexually assaulted them testified about events that happened in the 1970s and 1980s. Witnesses for the prosecution included an expert in sexual as- sault trauma, Dr. Veronique Val- liere (doctorate in psychology). A former babysitter, who was about 11 years old at the time, also testified for the prosecution stating Tilley grabbed her leg in a sexual advance while driving her home. Tilley, according to her tes- timony, told her not to tell her fa- ther what happened, but she did. Charges were not pressed in that instance. Tilley was convicted of forc- ing another babysitter to perform oral sex on him while parked in the hills near Deaver. He left his wife, Linda, at home with the couple's children to give the girl a ride home, according to her tes- timony. Details such as the month and day the crime happened, or the make, model and color of the pickup truck Marvin Tilley was driving, were often times not re- called by the four victims in the crimes. "A child may not remember the exact date it happened, but she certainly remembers the de- tails of the night he grabbed the back of her head and forced her to perform oral sex," said Depu- ty Big Horn County Prosecuting Attorney James Hallman during closing arguments Monday. Linda Tilley also testified that Marvin never gave babysit- ters a ride home, that she was al- ways the one to do it. She testified she was aware of an "affair" her husband had with the girl when she was older. "He admitted having sexual intercourse with her. I'm sorry, being a wife, I did not want a lot of details," Linda Tilley said when questioned by Hallman. Linda Tilley said her hus- band was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for committing adultery. "It was an affair," she said. Linda Tilley said that despite being unfaithful, her husband is a good man and she has stuck with him through thick and thin. One of the victims in the case was just 7 years old when she was molested by Marvin Tilley, ac- cording to testimony. She was asleep in her bed when she awoke to the feeling of someone standing over her, a part of his body touching her, accord- ing to court documents. lley testifies in own defense BY KARLA POMEROY Marvin Tilley, 59, of Deaver, took the stand last Friday in his own defense. He testified that he had af- fairs with three of the alleged vic- tims when they were at least 17 years of age. Tilley denied ever picking up or taking his babysitter, one of the victims, home. He said, "I didn't do the babysitting; that was Linda." Despite the victim testifying that she was 10 or 11 when she began babysitting, Tilley said she had to be at least 12 or 13 in or- der to be old enough to take care of his four children. He said he did not have much contact with the victim until she was about 17 when she had moved back to the area after a few years away. He said they had consensual sex three or four times and then she began seeing another older guy. Tilley was found guilty of sex- ual assault in the first degree and immoral acts with a child regard- ing this victim. He also testified he had a two- year affair with another victim including about a year when the victim was married. He said the affair ended when her husband caught them together. Under cross-examination, Big Horn County Deputy Attorney Jim Hallman asked, "She testified that you picked her up at school. Are you saying you didn't?" Tilley testified, "No, I never did. I didn't seek her out." He said that while he has been married for 39 years he is human. "And attracted to teenage girls?" Hallman asked. "Not necessarily," Tilley said. Tilley denied furnishing alco- hol to the victim and said that she initiated contact. He was found guilty of sexual assault in the first degree regard- ing the incident with this victim. Another victim, he said, was the first time he was "ever un- faithful," and they had a three- year affair prior to the time he be- gan seeing the second victim. Tilley was found guilty of sex- ual assault in the first degree and See 'TILLEY TESTIFIES,' page 7 Defense attorney James Cast- berg argued that a victim of such a crime would surely tell her moth- er or someone right away, and it isn't a case of four women getting together who have some kind of a score to settle with Marvin Tilley, Hallman said. "These women do not know each other, they did not get to- gether and concoct these state- ments," Hallman said. The trial lasted from Oct. 18- Oct. 25 with jurors beginning de- liberations on th seven charges shortly after 1 p.m. Monday. See rrlLLEY GUILTY,' page 7 General Election Tuesday Numerous contested races in north Big Horn County BY DAVID PECK Voters around the nation will go to the polls Tuesday to participate in the 2010 General Election and like many places, there are many interesting races in north Big Horn County. The polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. at the following polling places: the National Guard Ar- mory in Love]], the Log Gym in Cowley, the Town Complex in Byron, the Community Hall in Deaver and the Town Hall (old school building) in Frannie. Party nominations were completed at the Primary Elec- tion in August, and finalists will square off on Tuesday, along with non-partisan finalists for town offices and candidates for district boards including the hos- pital board and school boards for Districts One and Two. There are also three revenue questions on the ballot. In the lone federal contest, U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis won the Republican nomination in August and is being challenged by Democrat David Wendt of Jackson and Libertarian John Love, the chief of police in Green River. Lummis is seeki.'ng her second two-year term. Neither Sen. Mike Enzi nor Sen. John Barrasso are up for election this year. Wyoming will elect a new governor on Tuesday, with Gov. Dave Freudenthal declining to seek re-election. Former Demo- cratic Party Chairman Leslie Pe- tersen of Wilson will battle GOP nominee Matt Mead of Chey- enne, a former U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, and Libertarian Mike Wheeler of Casper. Independent Conservative Taylor Haynes of Cheyenne has also run a spirited write-in campaign for Wyoming's highest office. Secretary of State Max Max- field is seeking his second term in office and is being challenged by Democratic nominee Andrew Simons of Laramie and Libertar- ian Candice De Laat of Gillette. Perhaps the tightest battle at the state level is the contest for State Supt. of Public Instruction between former junior high prin- cipal Cindy Hill of Cheyenne, the Republican nominee, and State Sen. Mike Massie of Laramie, the Democratic nominee. GOP nominee Cynthia Cloud is unopposed and will succeed Rita Meyer as state auditor, and Joe Meyer is unopposed in his re- election bid for state treasurer. State Sen. Ray Peterson is un- opposed for re-election to his Dis- i See ELECTION, page 8 , IIIUllI!,IIIII!I!LILILIIIll. The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com