CASPER, Wyo. — Provided below are some details on law enforcement and court activities this week based on reports from the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, the Casper Police Department, and Thursday’s appearances in circuit court.
Conspiracy to Deliver Meth
37-year-old Dona Jacobs faced a felony charge for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine in circuit court Thursday. The charge carries a possible penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of not more than $25,000, or both, according to Wyoming Statute 35-7-1031.
Jacobs is being charged as a co-conspirator in a Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigations case for activities alleged to have occurred between January and March of this year.
The state’s attorney noted Jacobs has a previous conviction for conspiracy to deliver meth, and is currently on bond in a district court case on charges of meth possession in a felony amount.
The prosecution recommended a $15,000 bond. Circuit Court Judge Brian Christiansen set bond at $5,000 cash or surety.
Seton House Crash
A 38-year-old man pleaded guilty in circuit court Thursday to two misdemeanor charges as the result of the hit-and-run that caused thousands of dollars in damages to Seton House last Friday in North Casper.
The state dropped the felony property destruction charge, but recommended six months in jail for reckless driving and leaving the scene of a crash. The man told the court that the crash had occurred Friday night after a fight with his wife. He said that although he left the scene initially, he made contact with his probation officer and a Casper police investigator after the weekend.
Judge Christiansen imposed a 30-day sentence, with credit for time served.
Meth Possession and Use
A 24-year-old Casper man pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine and a charge of use of meth in circuit court Thursday.
Possession of methamphetamine in an amount under 3 grams is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000, according to Wyoming Statute 35-7-1031(c). Use or being under the influence of a controlled substance is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $750, according to W.S. 35-7-1039.
A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty to two counts of petty theft in circuit court Thursday. He said he walked out of Harbor Freight with a welder, and also attempted to steal a pack of flexible self-sealing aluminum welding rods from Menards.
The man said he was employed as an industrial welder, and agreed with the judge that the thefts were especially ill-advised given his prospects for continued gainful employment.
Judge Christiansen imposed a one-year suspended sentence, six months of unsupervised probation, and $420 in fines and court costs, as well as restitution of the welder. It is unknown whether the offense will affect the man’s active term of probation for a charge of harassment out of Colorado.
Assault, June 16, 1700 block of Cody Avenue, 6:18 p.m. (CPD)
Officers responded around 6:18 p.m. to a domestic dispute between two adults, police said. One party attempted to enter a shared residence following a breakup to retrieve items and told officers she was physically assaulted by the other involved individual. No arrests were made.