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(Riverton, WY) – 17-year-old Patrick SunRhodes appeared before Judge Wesley Roberts Thursday, January 6th for his preliminary hearing. He currently faces two felony murder charges for his involvement with the January 2019 deaths of Jocelyn Watt and Rudy Perez.
Enough probable cause was found at the preliminary hearing to transfer this case, along with both felony murder charges, to District Court. An arraignment date will be set at a later time. His $1 million bond also remains in place.
SunRhodes, who was 14-years-old at the time of the murders, is one of four implicated in the double homicide.
In a December 9th, 2021, interview with a Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent, he admitted to entering the Riverton residence the evening of January 3rd, 2019, along with and at the request of 16-year-old Brandon Monroe, who was armed.
SunRhodes alleges he stayed in the living room/kitchen area while Monroe went to the bedroom. He stayed there until gunshots were heard, at which point he went to the bedroom where he reportedly witnessed Monroe shoot Perez.
He then fled the residence to the alley where a vehicle with Bryce Teran, who also faces felony murder charges, and Korbin Headley, who faces a conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary charge, were waiting.
During SunRhodes’s preliminary hearing, it was noted that he was scared of Monroe and that he had concerns that something bad was going to happen. He had also reportedly asked to go home earlier in the evening but that request was denied by Monroe.
Additional information about the evening of January 3rd, 2019, can be read in our earlier post here.
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