(Lander, Wyo.) – Lander man Harold Porter will serve the next 12 to 15 years in prison, having pleaded no contest Aggravated Assault and Battery earlier this year.
This will be Porter’s fifth violent felony conviction. Porter was intoxicated at the time last October when he pointed a gun at his wife and grandson at a home on the edge of Lander. He was allowed to plead no contest because he could not remember the event but agreed that he did do it. Porter was 57 at the time of the crime.
Normally Aggravated Assault charges are punishable by 10 years at the most. Because of his previous violent felony convictions, he could have served the rest of his life behind bars.
Per the plea agreement, he will serve the 12-15 years. In exchange, charges of Use or Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Felony Offenses, and Possession, Manufacture or Disposition of Deadly Weapon with Unlawful Intent were dismissed. An entirely separate case alleging forgery and theft was also dismissed. However, Porter was ordered to pay $5,000 restitution for those charges. He will receive credit for 232 days served.
Porter told the court today that for 11 of the last 15 years he had been sober. But then, for reasons he said were unknown, his son broke contact with him. “I just kind of fell apart,” he said. Porter asked Judge Norman E. Young to grant a recommendation for substance abuse treatment while incarcerated. He said he wants to be able to go back to a normal life and see his grandchildren graduate and get married.
Young told him that he could not grant probation or parole because he had accepted the plea agreement. But, Young did grant treatment recommendation.