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Natrona County Circuit Court arraignments (5/23/23)

State attorneys at initial appearances before Circuit Court Judge Nichole Collier at the Townsend Justice Center (Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Provided below are the defendants and charges from appearances in Natrona County Circuit Court on Tuesday, May 23.  

The Honorable Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Nichole Collier presided, while Assistant District Attorney Ashlee Neves represented the state.

All persons entering not guilty pleas or charged with felonies are presumed innocent until convicted or pleading guilty. Official charges are subject to change by the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.

Pleas on felony charges are not entered in circuit court, though bond conditions are set.

A bail bondsman can post a surety bond, typically requiring 10–20%.

A “personal recognizance” or “signature” bond means there is no money required to get out, but the defendant could owe the full amount if they fail to appear.

Factors affecting bond and sentencing include the nature of the crime, the weight of the evidence, the defendant’s criminal history and ties to the community.

Standard fees typically include $150 to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund, $70 in court costs and $50 to Drug Court assessment fees. Some charges carry additional fines.

No contest and guilty pleas

  • Jessica Arellano – Possession of methamphetamine (change of plea)
    • One year suspended, one year supervised probation
  • Angel Newport – Possession of methamphetamine, interference (change of plea)
    • One year suspended, one year supervised probation
    • $400 in fines

Not guilty pleas

  • Zackary Gunn, 25 – Possession of methamphetamine
    • $3,000 cash or surety bond
  • James Knight – Violation of protection order, property destruction: misdemeanor
    • $4,000 signature bond
  • Derek Young, 33 – Domestic battery
    • $5,000 cash or surety bond