Second defendant in Casper break-in, gun assault sentenced to probation

2013-04-30T22:30:00Z 2013-05-01T06:34:04Z Second defendant in Casper break-in, gun assault sentenced to probationBy MEGAN CASSIDY Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette
April 30, 2013 10:30 pm  • 

CASPER, Wyo. — The second of two men accused of a drunken break-in and gun assault in October was sentenced to three years of supervised probation at a Tuesday morning hearing in Natrona County District Court.

Austin Ideen, 18, will have a three- to five-year suspended penitentiary sentence hanging over his head should he violate the terms of his probation.

Ideen had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent — a charge dramatically reduced from the original counts of aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

In exchange, the state agreed Ideen wouldn't serve any time in prison.

At Tuesday’s hearing, the state and defense largely agreed on their sentencing recommendations, aside from a one-year difference in their prescribed probation time. Assistant District Attorney Mike Schafer asked District Judge Thomas Sullins for three years, while defense attorney Don Fuller recommended two.

Either way, Ideen faced a milder sentence than co-defendant Jordan Flock, who Schafer said had a more clearly defined role in the incident.

Police say that on Oct. 18 two men barged into an apartment with guns while two tenants were asleep. One of the tenants began fighting with a man who had a bandana over his face, the Casper police affidavit states. Another intruder stood by while two alleged accomplices lingered in the hallway.

One of the tenants was able to wrestle away the gun from the first intruder, prompting the intruder and the other three to flee, officials say.

Schafer said authorities are fairly certain that an argument Flock had with one of the tenants the previous night was the catalyst for the attack. They also believe Flock was one of the men inside the apartment. It was unclear if Ideen was inside or outside the apartment.

“Nonetheless, he was there,” Schafer said.

Because of Flock’s more central role and criminal record, he was sentenced to three to five years for possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent and five to eight years for burglary. However, he was given a boot camp recommendation as a sort of last chance. The sentences would run concurrently.

Ideen chose not to speak at his sentencing.

Judge Sullins said he would “reluctantly” be bound by the agreed-upon sentence for Ideen, and said the defendant’s level of intoxication at the incident was “inexcusable.”

“There was a strong argument that this charge should not have been reduced,” he said.

Ideen will additionally receive credit for seven days of time served.

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