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Agg Assault suspect bound over to District Court

Matthew Drengenberg (courtesy of the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Natrona County man who is facing multiple charges of Aggravated Assault is headed to District Court.

Officials at the Natrona County Circuit Court office say that Matthew Ross Drengenberg, age 33, was scheduled to make a preliminary hearing in the case Tuesday morning. It is not known if the hearing took place or if the hearing was waived, but Circuit Court staff confirm that the case was bound over to Natrona County District Court.

Drengenberg faces three counts of Aggravated Assault and Battery, two from an incident that is alleged to have occurred on August 27, one charge is from an incident that is reported to have occurred on June 28, 2019.

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The suspect also faces a misdemeanor charge of Strangulation of a Household Member, in the August 27 incident.

According to affidavits filed by the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, Drengenberg is accused of severely beating a person with whom he shared a living space. The affidavit says that the victim in the case has reported that on June 28, Drengenberg struck them with a pistol, causing injury. In the August 27 incident, Drengenberg is accused of striking and strangling the same victim, and dragging the victim through cactus.

According to officials from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office, Drengenberg was released on bond during both the June and August incidents. Court records show that Drengenberg was arrested by the Casper Police Department, in April of 2019, on a charge of Domestic Battery, where the suspect is said to have thrown the accuser to the ground and kicked them in the stomach.

The bond amount in the April incident is reported to have been $1,500.

Sheriff’s Office records indicate that Drengenberg was still in custody at the Natrona County Detention Center on the morning of September 10, 2019. During his initial appearance in court, regarding the August 27 incident, on a reported $50,000 cash-only bond. He is also reportedly being held on a recommended bond revocation for the April 2019 incident.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.