Man convicted in Yellowstone Park assault, attempted kidnapping

Billings Gazette

A Wyoming construction worker has been sentenced to 44 months in jail for the assault and attempted kidnapping of a co-worker in Yellowstone National Park in 2021.

Gregory Michael Samuel Toth, 40, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $500 fine and a $100 assessment.

Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal handed down the sentence on April 18.

“Assault is a serious crime regardless of the location, but when it occurs in a national park, it becomes a federal felony,” said U.S. Attorney Bob Murray in a statement. “This individual is now serving close to four years in federal prison due to an unnecessary assault on an innocent individual.”

According to court filings, Toth pressed a knife to the throat of the co-worker, identified only as a Wyoming man with the initials EF. Toth accused the victim of seeing his ex-girlfriend.

The two men reportedly knew each other for 32 years. Toth had just gotten out of jail for kidnapping and assaulting an ex-girlfriend, and EF had vouched for Toth to get the Yellowstone construction job.

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