Lander man facing Habitual Criminal Enhancement in sexual assault, kidnapping case
(Lander, Wyo.) – A 56-year-old local man is facing four criminal counts and a habitual criminal enhancement after he was arrested for two felonies, including sexual assault in the first degree plus kidnapping and confinement and misdemeanor complaints of domestic battery and a violation of an order of protection.
Additionally, Richard Leroy Lindwurm of Lander faces a habitual criminal enhancement as he was convicted of two prior felonies, including manslaughter in 1995 and aggravated homicide by vehicle in 1998.
According to an affidavit filed to substantiate the charges, Lander Police Detective Sergeant Randy Lutterman said Lindwarm was arrested for a sexual assault and confinement of a female victim in early January of this year.
The victim, according to the affidavit, was allegedly beaten and kicked by Lindwurn, and while she was allegedly unconscious from drinking, that she had been sexually assaulted.
A search warrant was obtained for Lindwurm’s Lander address and evidence was collected. The victim also received treatment at SageWest Hospital when biological evidence was obtained.
Lutterman said he had reviewed an Order of Protection that was issued in December of 2017 that prohibited the defendant from physical contact with the victim.
The new felony charges against Lindwurm are punishable by a minimum of five years and a maximum of 50 years imprisonment on the sexual assault charge and a minimum of 20 years to life for the kidnapping and confinement charge.
Lindwurm waived his preliminary hearing in Circuit Court and his case has been transferred to Ninth District Court . Lindwurm is being held in the Fremont County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.