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Judge: Susan Stipe
Court: District Court, Carbon County, Wyoming
Plaintiff's Attorney: Carbon County Attorney's Office
Defendant's Attorney: Ryan Semerad
Description: Rawlins, Wyoming criminal defense lawyers represented Defendants, who were charged with criminal treaspass for corner crossing at the Elk Mountain Rach in 2021.
Phillip Yeomans, Bradly Cape, John Slowensky and Zachary Smith, all hunters from Missouri, were charged with stepping from one piece of public land to another at the common corner of two pieces of private property, all arranged in a checkerboard pattern in alternating ownership.
Defendant all pleaded not guilty.
The State had to prove that the Defendant's touched private property.
WY Stat § 6-3-303 (1997 through Reg Sess), provides:
(a) A person is guilty of criminal trespass if he enters or remains on or in the land or premises of another person, knowing he is not authorized to do so, or after being notified to depart or to not trespass. For purposes of this section, notice is given by:
(i) Personal communication to the person by the owner or occupant, or his agent, or by a peace officer; or
(ii) Posting of signs reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders.
(b) Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or both.
(c) This section does not supersede W.S. 1-21-1003.
Outcome: Not guilty.