Two Riverton wrestlers enter guilty pleas, another set to plead next month

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(Casper, Wyo.) – Two former members of the Riverton High School wrestling team pleaded guilty Friday to participating in attacks on younger schoolmates while on a school bus traveling through Natrona County, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

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“Peyton Rees and James Hampton, both 17 and of Riverton, entered guilty pleas to two counts each of misdemeanor unlawful contact as part of deals with prosecutors. The charges stem from a case in which authorities say three wrestlers on the bus held down teammates and assaulted them.

“Hayden Wempen, 17, is also facing two counts of unlawful contact in Natrona County Circuit Court. He is set to enter pleas in September.

“All three wrestlers have been charged as adults.

“During Friday’s hearing in Natrona County Circuit Court, Hampton’s attorney, Sheila Gray, said the plea deal calls for a cap on the prosecution’s sentencing argument. Prosecutors will be able to argue for no more than one year of suspended jail time, with a max of 50 days served immediately and a year of supervised probation.

“Rees’ attorney, Vance Countryman, said his client was also entering pleas as part of an agreement, but the details of that agreement were not discussed in court. Assistant District Attorney Dan Itzen said he will be able to argue for one year of suspended jail time, with a max of 30 days served immediately and a year of supervised probation.

“Authorities say the attacks took place on a school bus travelling to a wrestling tournament in Douglas. The bus was in Natrona County at the time,” according to the newspaper.

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