GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A teenager is accused of helping beat and rob a man who was hoping to buy methamphetamine.
Drew Ryan Bickerstaff, 18, of Gillette, has been charged with conspiracy to kidnap, aiding and abetting in kidnapping and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. He waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday and is expected to be bound over to district court.
Prosecutors say Bickerstaff and Richard Lee Horton, 35, also of Gillette, stole $150 from a man who wanted them to buy some methamphetamine for him.
On June 28, Bickerstaff drove Horton and two other passengers — the alleged victims — to get the methamphetamine but allegedly stopped, got out of the car, repeatedly hit the man in the head and robbed him.
Horton and Bickerstaff left the area with the other passenger, a woman who claimed she was not allowed to get out of the car.
The woman was dropped off at a friend's home and the injured man walked to a nearby home to call his mother. The man was taken to Campbell County Memorial Hospital and treated for a possible ruptured eardrum.
Prosecutors say the alleged victims did not discuss the allegations with investigators until July 10 because of threats by Horton.
Horton is charged with kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault and battery. His jury trial has been scheduled for Dec. 1.
If convicted, Bickerstaff faces up to 65 years in prison and Horton up to 55 years in prison.
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