Gillette Man Convicted In Kidnapping Appeals His Sentence

(Gillette, Wyo.) In 2013, Gregory Hawes was convicted of stalking and kidnapping his estranged wife, and was sentenced to serve 35 years to life in prison by District Judge John R. Perry. Hawes waited outside the door of his wife Donna's Cedar Hills home on the morning of January 26, 2013, until she tried to let her dog outside, which is when he forced his way in, threw her around, and then bound and gagged her in the bedroom. According to court documents, Mr. Hawes told Mrs. Hawes that he would either hang himself and make her watch, or he would kill her and then hang himself. She eventually escaped to a neighbor's home, but was discovered by sheriff's deputies during a welfare check. Her employer had phoned police, reporting her missing from work per Donna's instructions, as Donna was worried her husband might harm her. She had a protection order against him. Hawes was sentenced to five to nine years incarceration on the stalking charge, and thirty years to life on the kidnapping charge, to be served consecutively. But in October of 2014, he successfully appealed the stalking conviction and had it dropped. His case was back in front of the Wyoming Supreme Court this morning. He claims that by amending the original conviction, the courts added the fines and prison time for the stalking charge to his kidnapping conviction, which he felt was unfair. He also made several other claims that revolved around court procedure and not being able to be present during the appeal of the stalking charge. The courts rejected his appeals. #county17 #news