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Natrona County Circuit Court arraignments (5/24/23)

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 Tuesday, May 23.  

The Honorable Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Brian Christensen 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.

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

  • Christopher Lawrence, 30 – Aggravated assault and battery, aggravated burglary, interference
    • $50,000 cash or surety bond
  • Elizabeth Sterkel, 32 – Possession of meth, possession of marijuana: third or subsequent upon conviction, use of a controlled substance x2
    • $3,000 cash or surety bond

No contest and guilty pleas

  • Heather Fullerton, 35 – Possession of fentanyl
    • 10 days jail
  • Krista McVey, 37 – Possession of fentanyl, Possession of meth
    • 10 days jail
  • Joseph Barrera, 37 – Domestic battery
    • Time served (two weeks)
  • Corey Coriddi, 34 – DUI
    • Time served (two weeks)
  • Tyree Taylor, 30 – Violation of protection order x2
    • Six months suspended, one year supervised probation

Not guilty pleas

  • Kelly Reyes, 39 – Probation revocation
    • $1,000 personal recognizance bond