May 15, 2015

Cody man imprisoned for gun threat

A Cody man will spend the next three to five years in prison for threatening another man at gunpoint in February.

“The only reason I'm not going to shoot you,” Richard J. Wilson, 31, reportedly told another man outside a Cody bar, “is because I have a kid on the way.”

Wilson pleaded guilty to a felony count of aggravated assault and received the prison time from District Court Judge Steven Cranfill in March, with the judge's formal order issued last month.

Cranfill recommended that Wilson, reported to have been intoxicated when he made the threats, be placed in the prison’s intensive treatment unit. He also must pay $245 under the negotiated sentence.

Cody police
were called to the Silver Dollar Bar shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 for a report of an altercation. A bouncer said Wilson had been the agressor in the disturbance, but had left.

Police didn’t find Wilson, but about 20 minutes later, another man called 911 to report he’d just been threatened at gunpoint in the 1000 block of 13th Street.

The man said he’d been helping an intoxicated friend into his truck when a car pulled up behind him, Officer Rick Tillery recounted in an affidavit used to support the charge. The armed, apparently drunk driver — later identified as Wilson — began asking if the man and his friend were the ones who had “jumped” him in the earlier altercation at the Silver Dollar.

“During the questions, Wilson demanded to see (the man’s) face or he advised something bad would happen,” Officer Tillery wrote.

The man tried to assure Wilson that he and his friend had not been in any altercation, but Wilson eventually raised his handgun, pointed it at the man and explained the only reason he wasn’t going to shoot was because he was expecting a child.

“Wilson demanded to see (the man’s) face or he advised something bad would happen,” charging documents say.

When police confronted Wilson at his home on Bleistein Avenue, he denied having pointed a gun at anyone and said he didn’t even own one.

However, Wilson matched the physical description given by the man who’d been assaulted and confirmed he and his wife were expecting a child.

Police arrested Wilson and, after he was treated at West Park Hospital for head injuries from the earlier altercation, took him to jail.

Detective Sgt. Beau Egger later learned that Wilson actually had returned to his apartment after the first altercation and got a handgun. The affidavit says Egger found the gun wrapped in underwear and hidden under a bag of mulch in the yard behind Wilson’s apartment.


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