Child abuse alleged
(Lander, Wyo.) – A 34-year-old Riverton man pleaded not guilty to one felony count of child abuse and not guilty to misdemeanors of Battery and Reckless Endangering in connection with an incident that occurred last November. Karl James Fournier entered the plea in Fremont County District Court at Lander Thursday afternoon. Ninth District Judge Norman Young accepted the plea and set trial for Fournier on May 20th at 1:30 p.m., the sixth trial set for that date.
Young continued Fournier’s bond and he was taken back to the Fremont County Detention Center.
In an affidavit filed to support the charges, Sgt. Scott Komers of the Riverton Police Department said he had been contacted by the Department of Family Services concerning an incident in which a child had allegedly been strangled because he could not stop crying.
The felony Child Abuse charge carries a penalty of not more than five years and a fine of not more than $10,000, or both, upon a conviction. That charge resulted for accusations that Fournier grabbed the underage child around the neck and caused a physical injury. The Battery charge alleges that Fournier caused bodily injury by physical force. That charge could result in jail time of up to six months and a fine of up to $750, or both. The second misdemeanor charge of Reckless Endangering related to Fournier placing the child in danger of death or serious injury. That charge could result in up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, or both.
Fournier, according to the affidavit, is a relative of the victim, who was identified as a child under the age of 16.
Man pleaded guilty to Felony DUI in plea deal
(Lander, Wyo.) – A 33-year-old Riverton man accepted a plea agreement from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one count of Felony Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol in Fremont County District Court Thursday. Phillip James Campbell had been charged with four different counts, including Felony Control of a vehicle, Driving without an interlock device, and Driving With a Suspended License.
The plea agreement stipulated that Campbell would be sentenced to the Wyoming State Prison system for not less than 2.5 years on the first felony count. The other three counts would be dismissed.
Campbell told the court he was single, that he only had a 10th grade education and that he hadn’t worked in two years. During that time, he said his family had supported him. Ninth District Judge Norman Young noted that Campbell had three previous DUI convictions, one in Jerome, Idaho in February of 2009, and two in Riverton in May of 2012.
Campbell was stopped on Wyoming 134 in Missouri Valley on January 16th after a sheriff’s deputy noticed his vehicle weaving on the highway. His BAC level was noted at 0.141 percent.
In testimony to support his plea, Campbell told the court that he had received some bad news that day that his mother had suffered a triple heart attack. Even though he had recently completed an alcohol treatment program, Campbell said that he began drinking that night, beers and shots, he said. On a scale of 1 to 10, Campbell said he was probably intoxicated at a level of 4. He did not dispute the BAC result.
After accepting the plea agreement, Young ordered a pre-sentence investigation and continued his $25,000 cash bond. A sentencing date is to be set after the pre-sentence investigation is completed.
Campbell was returned to the Fremont County Detention Center.