The Honorable Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Nichole Collier presides, while Assistant District Attorney Brandon Rosty represents the stateon 9/12/23 (Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Provided below are the defendants and charges from appearances in Natrona County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Sept. 12.  

The Honorable Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Nichole Collier presided, while Assistant District Attorney Brandon Rosty 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 their 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. Some charges carry additional fines.

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

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

  • Joshua Hoyer, 33 – Possession of methamphetamine: felony weight
    • $5,000 cash or surety bond
  • Charisa BirdChief, 35 – Burglary, conspiracy to burgle, false statement to pawn broker
    • Charging period: 6/29/2017 to 7/1/2017
    • $7,500 cash or surety bond
  • Lea Lewis, 43 – Accessory to possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, accessory to possession of fentanyl with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine: felony weight, child endangerment with methamphetamine
    • $30,00 cash or surety bond, $20,000 cash or surety bond (concurrent)
  • Christine Reynolds – Exploitation of a vulnerable adult, theft
    • $10,000 cash or surety bond

No contest and guilty pleas

  • Jeffrey Bacus, 38 – Domestic battery
    • Time served (30 days), remaining six months suspended
    • Six months unsupervised probation

Not guilty pleas

  • John Thellman, 42 – Failed to appear for docket call
    • $1,000 cash or surety bond reinstated
    • $5,000 cash or surety bond