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Transgender robber who wanted back in prison gets 6 years

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge in Wyoming has sentenced a transgender woman who robbed a bank in order to be sent back to prison to six years in a federal women's prison.

Linda Thompson faced up to 20 years in prison Wednesday. U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal expressed relief Thompson didn't demand a long sentence.

Instead, Thompson apologized to a bank teller in the courtroom and expressed a change in heart. Thompson said prison time is easy for her but she wants to get out and get a job driving a truck.

Thompson pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Cheyenne in July. She threw some of the cash into the air while waiting for police to arrive.

Thompson was released from prison in Oregon in June after serving time for robbery.

Reports: Wyoming economic downturn leveling out

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — New reports show Wyoming's current economic downturn appears to be leveling out.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that two new reports from the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division show the downturn appeared to hit its low point in the first and second quarters of the year and recent data shows the decline has eased.

Employment is down year-over-year, with 8,050 fewer jobs in the second quarter of 2016 versus 2015, with nearly every job sector seeing a decline in employment. Mining and energy were hurt the most with a 20 percent decline. Only two job sectors saw growth: government and private educational and health services.

Economist Wenlin Liu says oil and gas prices have begun to rebound, improving the prospects for Wyoming's mineral extraction industry for the coming months.

State Supreme Court to hear Bohling appeal Oct. 20

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the appeal of a former prosecuting attorney found guilty of misusing county money next week.

The Laramie Boomerang reports that oral arguments for the case of Richard Bohling are set to take place Oct. 20 at the University of Wyoming College of Law.

Bohling has asked the state Supreme Court to reverse his five criminal convictions stemming from what prosecutors say was Bohling's use of county money to buy cameras and other items for personal use.

Bohling was sentenced to two to four years in prison in February. He was also fined $45,000 and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution.

Bohling's lawyers had argued he bought the expensive gear because photos taken by police often were insufficient to secure convictions.