4 held and charged with felonies in Lander home invasion case

Four people have been charged with four felony crimes each after they allegedly forced their way into a Lander home earlier this month and beat an elderly couple. Mark Eisnnicher, 33, Daquen Eisnnicher, 20, Brittany Church, 23, and a 17-year-old boy, all of Lander, face the following charges: two counts of Aiding and Abetting Aggravated Battery, Burglary, and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery. If convicted of each charge, each of the defendants could face a maximum of 40 years in prison. All four are currently being held on $100,000 cash bonds. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 6 where the judge will determine if there is enough of a factual basis to send the quartet to district court. (Photos of the defendants were not immediately available.) According to the affidavit filed to support the charges in Lander's Circuit Court written by the Lander Police Department, the assault occurred at about 2 a.m. on Dec. 13 when four subjects knocked on the victims' door. Joseph Juare told investigators that he stepped outside to talk to the four people so as not to disturb the rest of the sleeping household. "Mr. Juare told me that the female subject said they were there to collect money from an individual Mr. Juare did not know and who did not live at Mr. Juare's residence," the affidavit states. Juare told investigators that the female subject told the three male subjects to "kill him." That phrase was allegedly repeated multiple times by multiple attackers. The affidavit states that he was punched and kicked repeatedly in the head, face, neck, chest, arms and abdomen. One of them reportedly struck him with a steel socket wrench multiple times. Juare also said that his wife entered the kitchen when she heard the attack happening and that a couple the attackers then assaulted her. Juare reportedly suffered multiple broken ribs, a fractured collar bone, a fractured eye socket, and numerous bruises. His wife, Michelle Harris, reportedly also had numerous broken ribs, a bruised and torn right ear lobe, and numerous bruises. She was life-flighted a couple days later to Casper with complications from her injuries. In an interview with investigators, Mark Eisnicher said that Wade Wheeler told him that on Dec. 12 a man at Shoshone Rose Casino had taken $100 in cash from Wheeler, and he wanted help getting the cash back. Mark reportedly said that he and the others followed Wheeler to Juare's home. He then admitted to arguing with Juare and subsequently assaulting he and his wife with the help of his codefendants. Shoshone Rose Casino Surveillance Manager Jason French has issued a statement saying that his department did not observe any transaction or theft between Juare and Wheeler. There also was no report of a theft of argument. French states that there has been no request to review surveillance footage. As of Tuesday morning, no charges related to this alleged assault have been filed against Wheeler. The family of the victims reports that Harris has not been interviewed about the assault. Read more from the family here . *image h/t bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock* #county10 #news