(Lander, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Attorney’s Office has filed a new charge in the case against Gabriel Drennen, whose 2011 First Degree Murder conviction was overturned by the Wyoming Supreme Court last year.
Drennen is now charged with Possession, Manufacture, or Disposition of Deadly Weapon with Unlawful Intent.
According to the court document, the charge alleges Drennen “knowingly possessed, manufactured, transported, repaired or sold a deadly weapon with intent to unlawfully threaten the life or physical well-being of another or to commit assault or inflict bodily injury on another.”
The charge was filed in an amended information. Generally, amended informations are filed to replace original charges in conjunction with plea agreements. Fremont County Attorney Michael Bennett declined to comment as to whether this charge is related to a plea agreement.
The amended information was filed Monday morning. The possession charge is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or $1,000 in fines.
Drennen was originally charged with murder and aggravated assault in connection to the 2010 Riverton shooting death of 29-year-0ld Leroy Hoster. It is unclear whether those charges remain in effect or not. The case revolves around the May 2010 shooting death of Hoster, which occurred during a disagreement between Drennen, a landlord, and Hoster, a tenant. Hoster was shot four times in what the defense, in the trial, characterized as an act of self-defense. The prosecution argued Drennen premeditated the murder.
In August, the state’s Supreme Court overturned Drennen’s conviction and ordered a new trial, citing prosecutorial misconduct and improper jury instructions. (Read more about the decision here.) In mid-November, Drennen’s new trial was set for March 24, 2014.
Drennen’s bond is set for $250,000 cash or surety.