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Natrona County Circuit Court arraignments (5/25/23)

Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen and Assistant District Attorney Ashlee Neves at initial appearances on 5/25/23 (Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Provided below are the defendants and charges from appearances in Natrona County Circuit Court on Thursday, May 25.  

The Honorable Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Michael Patchen 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 their 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.

Also included are pleading to modified charges entered in circuit in court.

No contest and guilty pleas

  • Darien Schoonover, 24 – Violation of protection order
    • Six months suspended, six months unsupervised probation
    • Served 59 days
  • Zachary Carlson, 35 – Failure to appear for bench trial (unknown charge)
    • Time served
  • John Reynolds, 31 – Possession of fentanyl: misdemeanor amount
    • One year jail with furlough option to Adult Drug Court