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Felony strangulation charge dropped, suspect guilty on misdemeanors

The Natrona County Townsend Justice Center (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A man who was arrested and charged with a felony count of Strangulation of a Household Member, has had the charge dropped by the NAtrona County District Attorney. Meanwhile a the suspect was found guilty on two misdemeanor charges.

According to documents released by the Natrona County Circuit Court, the suspect was found guilty on charges of Domestic Battery and Property Destruction Under $1000.

Each of the misdemeanors was given a sentence of 6 months jail time, consecutive, with all but time served suspended upon successful completion of one year of supervised probation.

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The case stemmed from an April 10 call to emergency dispatch, reporting a fight in the area of Robertson Road, during the overnight hours. The suspect had reportedly left the area on foot prior to police arrival, and was reportedly found under a vehicle, outside of a Casper residence.

The suspect was accused of aggressively strangling a resident of a home where the suspect occasionally stayed. He is also accused off smashing the victim’s telephone, following a verbal altercation, and of throwing the victim onto a glass-top coffee table, which tipped over but did not shatter.

The suspect; identified as Aaron Michael Harper, age 30; had a disposition of “guilty” entered on the misdemeanor charges on April 22, 2021. The date was originally scheduled for the suspect’s preliminary hearing, to see if the felony charge would be bound over to District Court. The felony charge was, instead, dropped on Friday.