Santana Mendoza, one of two young men convicted of a vicious beating and murder on the Rails to Trails pathway in 2013, has been denied an appeal by the Wyoming Supreme Court. Last year, Mendoza successfully completed Boot Camp, and his defense came to the District Court to ask for Mendoza to be put on probation. The terms of the plea agreement allowed for an argument for probation. Ultimately, Judge Norman E. Young denied his probation request
Mendoza's defense team appealed the judgement to the Wyoming Supreme Court,
alleging that the defendant's underlying crime shouldn't necessarily be
considered for a sentence reduction and that the prosecutor might have
violated the plea agreement when he argued against the sentence reduction.
In an 11-page opinion
Supreme Court breaks down the legal issues and upheld the District Court's
decision to deny probation.
Mendoza is currently serving a 12-18 year sentence for the September 2014
manslaughter of David Moss Jr. and the assault of Aleeah Crispin. The
sentences are running concurrently.