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Wyo. man accused of killing sons, brother

Associated Press / July 9, 2011

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WHEATLAND, Wyo. - Police say a man shot and killed his three sons and his adult brother and wounded his wife in a mobile home park in southeast Wyoming.

All the victims were shot Thursday, Wheatland Police Chief Randy Chesser said.

Everett Conant, who is in his mid-30s, was arrested after a brief standoff that followed the shootings, Chesser said.

“We don’t know what the motive is at this point for sure,’’ Chesser said yesterday.

Conant was being held in the Platte County jail. No charges had been filed.

Police didn’t release the victims’ names. But Cheyenne Regional Medical Center spokesman James Watson said a woman named Suzette Conant was admitted to the hospital Thursday and was in good condition yesterday.

Public records show she shares the same address as Everett Conant.

Everett Conant worked briefly at the Wyoming Premium Farms hog farm just north of Wheatland this spring but quit after mentioning problems arranging child care, said Doug Derouchey, the general manager.

“Kind of kept to himself,’’ Derouchey said.

“He just mentioned something about he was having difficulties kind of working it out time-wise,’’ Derouchey said. “He was, I think, having problems elsewhere.’’

Suzette Conant works at an A&W restaurant in Wheatland, said Beth Horsley, a who also works there.

“She is the nicest person in the world. She didn’t do anything to anybody,’’ Horsley said.

A collection jar was set up at the A&W for donations for Suzette Conant’s medical care and the family’s funeral costs.

Wheatland is a farming and ranching community of about 3,600 at the edge of the Plains, not far from the Laramie Mountains. It is about 70 miles north of Cheyenne.

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