By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com
(Riverton, Wyo.) – A 40-year-old Riverton man charged with seven counts of larceny in connection with the theft of $60,000 worth of drilling pipe, a well pump motor and an electrical transformer had a surprise at his preliminary hearing Wednesday.
After a recess in the proceedings, and as Randy Guinard’s just retained attorney prepared to file motions waiving his right to a speedy hearing and for a continuance of the Preliminary Hearing, Riverton Circuit Court Judge Wesley Roberts made an unexpected announcement.
“In the interest of full transparency, I must tell you that during the recess I signed a warrant for your arrest,” the judge said.
Guinard was visibly shaken and began to argue when Roberts told him to let his lawyer speak for him.
Roberts said the arrest warrant was in connection with Guinard’s failure to comply with his bond, in that he did not show up for a urinalysis the previous day, as required. After a quick consultation with his attorney, Gordon Ellis, Guinard volunteered to take a UA test across the hall at the Sheriff’s Department.
“It is not in the purview of this court to order you to do that,” Roberts said. But Ellis said his new client, retained just hours before, would take the test.
After one other case was heard and taken care of, Guinard was called back into the courtroom, but his lawyer was missing and could not be located and his office phone went straight to a message.
Without Guinard’s lawyer present, Roberts said he had no choice but to continue the hearing until the next day when Mr. Ellis could attend. Roberts also had one additional remark to make to Guinard. “I was told that we have a report on your test,” Roberts said. Prosecuting Attorney Patrick LeBrun rose to his feet and said that the test results were “presumptive positive.”
“Since your attorney is not here, you’ll be transported to the jail in Lander,” Roberts told the stunned Guinard. “We cannot proceed if the client’s attorney is not present.”
Guinard is charged for his alleged actions between July 20, 2012 and November 30, 2012, and without authority removing drilling pipe belonging to Range Drilling and selling it to Mill Creek Metal. Total value of the pipe was listed in an affidavit at being $60,000, making the alleged theft a felony, punishable by imprisonment of not more than 10 years and a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. The other charges against Guinard are also felonies, for five counts of Larceny , one by Larceny by Bailee, and Burglary. Each count carries the same penalty. The transformer was allegedly taken from a light plant building in the 12500 block of Highway 26 was valued at $4,000 and the well pump, allegedly stolen from a Range Drilling site in the Gas Hills, was valued at $6,000.