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Man pleads guilty to conspiracy charge in drive-by shooting

A statue of Justice at the Townsend Justice Center, as seen through an exterior window of the building, on Center Street in Casper. (File; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man involved in a drive-by shooting at an apartment complex last April pleaded guilty in Natrona County District Court on Tuesday to a single charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and battery.

Daniel Angel Marin-Laris, 24, also faced seven counts of aggravated assault and battery against the occupants of three apartments. Those charges were dropped, as was a charge of felony property destruction.

Assistant DA Jared Holbrook told the court that opposing counsel had agreed to ask for a three- to five-year cap during sentencing. The charge carried a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Marin-Laris will be recommended for the Youthful Offender Transition Program, which is eligible to offenders under the age of 25.

On April 4, 2022, Casper police responded to the 2600 block of South McKinley Street to a call of shots fired. Numerous bullet holes were found on the south side of the apartment building, some going through the windows of various apartments, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

No injuries were reported. One bullet entered an apartment about three feet above where one occupant was sleeping, the affidavit said.

Police said the gunfire was concentrated around one apartment. The occupants identified Marin-Laris as an associate of Antonio Harrington, who the occupants believed had shot at their previous residence earlier in the year. They said Marin-Laris was the only one who knew where they lived in April.

A witness told police she had seen a silver Nissan parked on the block before it drove down the alley between the apartments. She heard gunshots about a minute later and called police.

Two days later, Marin-Laris was picked up by Mills Police in the silver Nissan after responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Shell casings matching the brand, caliber, and style of casings at the scene were located in the vehicle, the affidavit said.

Matthew Pentinney and Terrin Bergh, both 17 at the time, were identified as suspects and located at a hotel in Evansville, where firearms and controlled substances were located, police said. 

Marin-Laris told police he and the other two suspects had previously discussed wanting to “shoot up one of their oppositions’ houses,” the affidavit said.

Pentinney and Bergh have also been charged as adults.