(Lander, Wyo.) - Patrick Duran, 24, received a sentence of 4 to 8 years in prison this morning in court for the May stabbing of Stefan Bigmedicine.
The sentence came from a plea agreement filed in the case, where Duran pleaded no contest to felony aggravated assault and battery in return for an attempted murder charge being dropped.
Ninth District Court Judge Norman E. Young, recognizing Duran’s lengthy misdemeanor history and background of alcohol abuse, recommended that Duran be considered for the Bootcamp in Newcastle. Young said he couldn’t stand the thought of Duran leaving prison in four years without having improved on his substance abuse issues.
So, Young said if Duran has a successful year at the Bootcamp, he will put Duran on supervised probation. If not, Duran will serve out the rest of his sentence in prison.
Deputy County Attorney Pat LeBrun had argued Duran should serve 5-7 years without bootcamp. Duran’s attorney Terry Martin asked the judge to consider a suspended sentence for supervised probation.
“I know I made a mistake,” Duran told Young. “This was a wake-up call for me.”
Martin said Duran has no recollection of what happened due to his level of intoxication. Both the prosecution and the defense said communication attempts with the victim had not been successful. The fact that no one was able to produce a motive for Duran stabbing Bigmedicine three times in the back and side led Young to call the crime “stupid, idiotic, ridiculous.”
Duran said he wants to prove to the court that he can make good choices, that he can change, and that he wants to be there for his daughters.
Young said if Duran is able to succeed in bootcamp, which will address his substance abuse as well, then “that’s a good thing.”
“I just couldn’t skip that chance,” he said.
(Read background on the case here.)