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Man accused of pointing gun at another person waives preliminary hearing

A man accused of pointing a gun at another person, during a verbal confrontation in a High School parking lot, has waived their preliminary hearing in the case, and the charges will be bound over to Natrona County District Court.

A statue of Justice at the Townsend Justice Center, as seen through an exterior window of the building, on Center Street in Casper. (File; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — A man accused of pointing a gun at another person during a verbal confrontation in a high school parking lot has waived their preliminary hearing in the case, and the charges will be bound over to Natrona County District Court.

Court records filed on September 23 show that the suspect waived their preliminary hearing. The suspect is facing a single charge of Aggravated Assault and Battery, a felony. Wyoming statute shows the charge as carrying a potential penalty of imprisonment for up to ten years.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by the Casper Police Department, witnesses told officers that the suspect pulled a handgun and pointed it at another individual during a verbal confrontation involving multiple people in the Natrona County High School parking lot on September 14. Police were reportedly summoned to the scene at 10:20 p.m. after receiving a report of a disturbance.

Police report that during their contact with the people in the school parking lot, other officers conducted a vehicle stop nearby and identified one of the occupants of the vehicle as the suspect in the incident. A handgun was reportedly recovered from the vehicle, and was described as not being loaded at the time of the police stop. However, it was stored in a holster with two magazines, each containing 15 rounds.

The suspect, identified in court documents as 49-year-old Alexander Lepis, is said to have told officers that he had accompanied a group of people to the parking lot and was carrying the handgun at the time. Police say that during their interview with Lepis, he admitted to both pulling the gun and pointing it at another person, but told officers the gun was not loaded at the time.

Lepis was ultimately arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center. He made an initial appearance in Circuit Court on Wednesday, where he received a bond amount of $10,000 cash or surety. 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 and the findings of the Natrona County District Court.

Lepis is expected to enter a plea to the charges at his future District Court hearing.