Man to serve 44 months in prison after committing assault with ‘intent to commit a kidnapping’ in Yellowstone National Park

A National Park Service Ranger vehicle parked at Yellowstone National Park. (Michael Vi/ Shutterstock)

CASPER, Wyo. — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming said in a press release Thursday that Gregory Michael Samual Toth, 40, has been sentenced to serve 44 months in prison for assault with intent to commit a felony.

Toth was sentenced Wednesday by Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal. In addition to the prison time, Toth was sentenced to three years of supervised release to be served concurrently to a state sentence, and was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and $100 assessment, according to the press release.

Toth was working as a construction contractor in Yellowstone National Park and was temporarily residing in a contractor trailer at the Fishing Bridge RV Park. He committed an assault “with the intent to commit a kidnapping” on Oct. 6, 2021 at the RV Park, according to the press release.

“Assault is a serious crime regardless of the location, but when it occurs in a national park, it becomes a federal felony,” United States Attorney Bob Murray said in the press release. “This individual is now serving close to four years in federal prison due to an unnecessary assault on an innocent individual. This type of conviction would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of our prosecuting attorney and the investigative work of the National Park Service.”

NPS special agents and Yellowstone National Park law enforcement officers investigated the case. Attorney Michael J. Elmore prosecuted the case, according to the press release.