CASPER — A Casper man faces the possibility of up to 10 years behind bars after being charged Friday with witness intimidation in connection with the beating of a high school student.
Michael Neville Hughes, 19, is accused of attacking a Roosevelt High School student who spoke with police following a car accident Hughes’ girlfriend was involved in.
Several witnesses told investigators Hughes pushed the victim down in an alley behind the Loaf ‘n’ Jug on North Center Street and began kicking and punching him. The student suffered a bloody nose, swollen lips and bruises.
Apart from the felony witness intimidation charge, prosecutors on Friday charged Hughes with assault and battery. If convicted, he faces up to six months in jail for that misdemeanor. Judge Michael Patchen set bond at $3,000.
According to a police affidavit, the student was a passenger in a car Hughes’ girlfriend was driving when they were involved in a crash. Authorities say the student "told the investigating officer the truth about the accident," which led to Hughes’ girlfriend being arrested.
The student told police that on Sept. 21, while walking to the Loaf ‘n’ Jug during his lunch period, he was confronted by Hughes, who called him a "snitch." A witness told police that Hughes then began "beating the living crap out of him."
A passerby reportedly stopped the assault.
Hughes remained in the Natrona County Detention Center on Friday evening.