A Durango man was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison for violating the terms of his supervised release
stemming from an accidental shooting death that occurred in 2006 on the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation.
Samson Lameman, 31, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Durango to misdemeanor assault, an act of domestic
According to federal charging documents, Lameman assaulted a woman with whom he was intimately involved Aug. 14, 2009,a violation of his release. The assault occurred in the Westside Mobile Home Park, 21134 U.S. Highway 160, near the
western city limits of Durango.
According to the charging documents, he grabbed a woman by the left arm and bent it behind her and shoved her onto a
bed, where he then held her face down in a pillow so she couldn't breathe. He then put his fingers in her mouth and
hooked the right side of her mouth and tried to rip it off. The woman then bit his fingers so he would let go, at which
time Lameman punched her on the left side of her face with a closed fist.
The woman attempted to call law enforcement, but Lameman ripped the phone cord from the wall and attempted to break the
woman's cell phone.
A jury found Lameman guilty in March 2007 of involuntary manslaughter of Tasha Posey, 28. He was sentenced in June 2007
to three years of supervised release.
The shooting death occurred May 2, 2006, in the 900 block of Lafayette Street in Towaoc.
Lameman and the woman were playing Russian roulette. Both were drinking, and an argument ensued. Apparently, while
wrestling for control of the gun, the gun fired, hitting Posey in the chest. She died at Southwest Memorial Hospital in
U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn on Monday said Lameman has made significant progress on supervised
release for the involuntary manslaughter, but the assault is an unfortunate situation that must result in the
revocation of his supervised release.
In a brief statement to the court, Lameman said he was trying to leave the house to submit a urine analysis as part of
his supervised release, but his domestic partner didn't want him to leave and tried to stop him, and that's when the
He was not intoxicated at the time of the assault.