Sheridan County Attorney may face misdemeanor charges in Dec. 11 incident

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The Sheridan Police Department has investigated an altercation on Dec. 11, 2015, in which a 62-year-old male kicked the coffee cup out of a woman's hand and threw a paper cup at her. Though the suspect has not been officially identified by SPD, as before charges are filed, the department does not release suspect names, circumstances and sources indicate the suspect is Sheridan County Attorney Matt Redle. "There is obviously a conflict of interest here," Sheridan Police Lieutenant Tom Ringley said to Dally. "But we are treating this like any other incident." The victim in the incident has been identified as Bonnie Young, the Executive Director of the Advocacy and Resource Center. Sheridan Police Chief Rich Adriaens, Sheridan Board of County Commissioners representative Bob Rolston and Sheridan County Administrative Director Renee' Obermueller have met request that the Wyoming Attorney General send in a special prosecutor to determine whether charges will be filed. A Sheridan police officer witnessed a portion of the events on Dec. 11 and reported them to the department, spurring the investigation, Ringley said. The statute violated is WS 6-2-501(gi) "unlawful contact," and is a misdemeanor charge that carries a penalty of imprisonment of not more than six months and a fine of not more than $700. The statute reads as follows: (g) A person is guilty of unlawful contact if he: (i) Touches another person in a rude, insolent or angry manner without intentionally using sufficient physical force to cause bodily injury to another; or (ii) Recklessly causes bodily injury to another person. (h) An unlawful contact under subsection (g) of this section 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." #dally #news