Ex-Bureau of Indian Affairs officer admits guilt in domestic violence incident

Former Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer William Arthur Curran, right, is seen with Wind River Agency Chief of Police William Matthew in January 2015. Photo from BIA Office of Justice Services / Facebook

A police officer who was fired by the Bureau of Indian Affairs has pleaded guilty in connection with a domestic violence incident.

William Arthur Curran admitted he kidnapped and prevented his wife from leaving their home on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. At one point, he threatened to kill her, according to documents file in federal court.

"Once she was handcuffed, WC received a black and green pistol from a cabinet," a criminal complaint stated. "WC then loaded the pistol."

The wife managed to call 911 during the April 11 incident and a recording captured some of Curran's threats. He can be heard saying "I can bury you," according to the document.

William Curran. Photo from Facebook

Following his indictment in May, Curran admitted that he kidnapped, confined and held his wife against her will, according to a document filed on July 28. A second charge related to the firearm is expected to be dismissed when he is sentenced on October 11.

Curran is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. His plea agreement and another document that lays out the elements of his crime remain under seal.

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