(Casper, Wyo.) - The case began in January 2016 when Casper man Mark Faulcon and another suspect, Adam M Melikian
went to a Bentonite Mine and destroyed property.
After seven months, Faulcon has plead guilty and was sentenced this morning
for the crimes.
With his attorney Mr. Green by his side, the two argued for probation that
was denied by the Judge.
District Attorney Mike Blonigan argued for a sentence of 4-6 years in the
Wyoming State Penitentiary with no boot camp option.
"Mr. Faulcon destroyed a work site, maybe even a business. This was some
drunken rampage that was suppose to be fun for them, they did it for
absolutely no reason. He just doesn't seem to care much unless he is having
a good time," said Blonigan.
The victim, Larry Anderson and company suffered the losses and estimated
roughly $336,000 worth of damages, that are still being assessed for
insurance claims, spoke before the sentence was handed down.
"We are held to Federal Mining Standards, and these guys had debris
scattered everywhere. I had to bring on extra crews from out of state to
held clean up the mess, in the middle of winter, and it is still not
complete out there," said Mr. Anderson. "I hope we are not forced out of
business because of this; this is a huge deal and we are struggling to stay
on our feet right now."
Faulcon had a chance to speak to the court before being sentenced, "I am
truly sorry for Mr. Anderson and all who I have affected. What I did was
beyond terrible and I want to take this opportunity and turn this around. I
want to show everyone that I am not a mindless criminal."
The Judge called Faulcon's actions, "a senseless activity" and he caused,
"A real devastation to the business that was not deserving of the actions".
"This conduct is absolutely inexcusable," he stated.
For the three charges, Faulcon was sentenced to serve 4-6 years for each
count to run concurrent with a boot camp recommendation. If he completes
the Wyoming Boot Camp program, he may petition for a lesser sentence.
He was also ordered to pay $266,190 to Mr. Anderson and his company and
another $1,650 to R and R Restop for damages.
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