Suspects in July beating allegedly talked about killing their victim

A 26-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy were talked out of killing the man they had beaten last July by friends, court records indicate. Wesley Willow Jr. and the 15-year-old are both charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and Battery in connection to severe injuries inflicted on two victims in the Riverton area. Willow's case has been bound over to Wyoming's Ninth District Court, where he'll enter a plea at an upcoming arraignment proceeding. The juvenile's preliminary hearing in Circuit Court has not yet been held. If convicted of both charges, each could face up to 20 years in prison. According to court documents, the incident was discovered when police were called to Jaycee Park on July 21 for a subject who had been severely beaten. He was found with both eyes swollen shut, his lips and cheeks swollen, and blood all over his face. Through investigation, officers learned that Willow and the juvenile were accused of beating the victim. "(The witness) said he did everything he could to convince them not to slit (the victim's) throat," the affidavit states. "He said they were going to slit his throat and bury him on the Reservation." The witness said he convinced them that they had already killed the victim and to just drop him off somewhere, and not bury him. The fight allegedly began over an argument because the victim had testified against Willow, which led to him serving prison time. Another victim, who was located at SageWest - Riverton, told investigators that he too was in a vehicle with the first victim and was trying to convince Willow and the juvenile to let the first injured man go. "He said the two began yelling at him and pulled him out of the vehicle," court documents state. "He landed on his neck. (The victim) later went to the hospital where it was determined that he has a broken neck." #county10 #news