Circuit Court Judge Brian Christensen presides at initial appearances at Natrona County's Townsend Justice Center on Feb. 13, 2023 (Greg Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Provided below are the defendants and charges from appearances in Natrona County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Friday and Monday, Sept 27, Sept. 29 and Oct. 2.

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 their ties to the community.

The standard of evidence differs in probation revocations. The state is only required to prove the allegations in an affidavit for revocation “to a preponderance of the evidence.” 

The defendant can admit and have the underlying sentenced imposed or resuspended. The defendant can also deny and seek representation at a contested hearing, and a new bond is set.

For purposes of this document, admissions and denials are represented as guilty and not guilty pleas, respectively. 

Standard fees typically include $150 to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund, $70 in court costs and $50 to Drug Court assessment. Additional fines may be imposed at sentencing. 


Felonies and engrossed misdemeanors (pleas not entered in circuit court)

  • Bill Cook, 53 – Possession of methamphetamine: third or subsequent, possession of marijuana: third or subsequent
    • $1,500 cash or surety bond
  • Alec Praytor, 38 – Domestic battery, strangulation of a household member
    • $25,000 cash or surety bond

No contest and guilty pleas

  • Joseph Barrera – Probation revocation
    • Seven days jail

Not guilty pleas

  • Matthew Geis, 54 – Driving under suspension: second offense, possession of methamphetamine
    • $750 cash or surety bond continued

Sentence Review

  • Caitlyn Peeler – Probation revocation
    • Sentenced to 90 days on 8/24
    • Sentence discharged


No contest and guilty pleas

  • Logan Woods, 23 – Failure to report damage to unattended property, failure to maintain lane, duty upon collision
    • Six months unsupervised probation
    • $200 fine

Not guilty pleas

  • Garrett Grant, 26 – Domestic battery
    • $2,500 cash or surety bond
  • William Souders, 21 – Possession of a controlled substance x4 (MDMA, MDA, marijuana, cocaine)
    • $2,500 bond
  • Justin Roberts, 34 – Use of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine
    • $1,500 cash or surety bond

Sentence Review

  • Roger Wall, 37 – Released onto three years supervised probation
    • 91 days served on DUI


Felonies and engrossed misdemeanors (pleas not entered in circuit court)

  • Caleb Gallegos, 28 – Possession of a controlled substance: third or subsequent offense x3 (methamphetamine, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms)

No contest and guilty pleas

  • Nathan Bibertson, 37 – Domestic battery, interference with 911 call
    • 14 days jail, remaining year suspended
  • Daniel Galindre, 32 – Misuse of 911 service
    • Seven days jail
    • One year unsupervised probation
  • Jolene Gardener, 29 – Possession of methamphetamine
    • 45 days jail
  • Kenneth Richards, 35 – Unsafe operation of motor vehicle, pedestrian under the influence
    • Time Served (arrested 9/30)
  • Audrey Rosche, 34 – Interference, reckless driving, DUI, open container, driving under suspension, no required interlock, expired registration, child endangerment
    • Pleaded no contest to child endangerment
    • One year jail, eligible for review upon screening for Adult Drug Court

Not guilty pleas

  • Kimberly Benoit, 55 – Driving under suspension, no required interlock, expired registration
    • $2,500 personal recognizance bond