Guilty verdict reached in 2014 vehicular homicide case

The Trial of the year in Thermopolis actually occurred in Worland this week and resulted in a guilty verdict against Cody Shinost, 20, Thursday night for aggravated vehicular homicide. The Thermopolis man was charged in the May 14, 2014, death of Madisen Price. She died of injuries after being ejected when a vehicle driven by Shinost left the highway and rolled on the Black Mountain Road north of town. Testimony at the trial revealed that Shinost was intoxicated at the time. Two other people in the vehicle including the victim's sister, were injured. A Wyoming Highway Patrol report of the incident at the time revealed that the vehicle rolled twice in the crash and that none of the passengers were wearing seat belts, according to reports. The WHP said a combination of speed and alcohol use contributed to the wreck. The fatal crash occurred just five days before the Hot Springs County High School graduation. The trial in the Fifth Judicial Court of Judge Robert Skar was moved from Thermopolis to Worland on a defense motion due to pre-trial publicity, according to the Hot Springs County Attorney's Office. A jury deliberated into the night after receiving the case in the early afternoon and delivered its verdict before 10 p.m. The conviction on the felony charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years and/or a $10,000 fine. *Feature Photo: Fifth District Judge Robert Skar in his Thermopolis Chambers. (Pitchengine Communities)*