Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Nichole Collier and Assistant District Attorney Ava Covert at initial appearances on 5/30/23 (Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Provided below are the defendants and charges from appearances in Natrona County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Aug. 8.  

The Honorable Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Nichole Collier presided, while Assistant District Attorney Ava Covert 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 10–15%.

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.

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

No contest and guilty pleas

  • Jon Mockensturm, 29 – Battery
    • Pleaded no contest
    • Six months jail time suspended, six months of supervised probation
    • $250 fine

Not guilty pleas

  • Wiley Lutkins, 37 – Domestic battery
    • $2,000 personal recognizance bond

Other actions

  • Lance Syverston, 52 – Probation revocation
    • Admitted to breaking terms of probation
    • Six-month sentence imposed; will be evaluated for drug court program

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, no one made an appearance for a felony charge.