CASPER, Wyo. — A proposed plea agreement for a man facing two aggravated assault charges was rejected Thursday, a rare move by Natrona County District Judge Catherine Wilking.
Lonnie Parham, 21, was arrested in April after he reportedly threatened his ex-girlfriend and her friend with a knife. Casper police say Parham became enraged after he found male hairs that did not originate from him in his ex-girlfriend’s sink.
Parham was already on probation for a forgery charge before the alleged assault took place.
At Parham’s Thursday hearing, the state had agreed to cap its assault sentencing arguments at three to five years in prison, and that the prison term would run concurrent with the three- to five-year sentence for the forgery conviction.
Wilking expressed concern that Parham would not receive any additional punishment for the new charges.
“These are serious offenses,” she said.
Defense attorney Kimberly Corey said the sentence would include an Intensive Treatment Unit recommendation. The ITU is a therapeutic community group offered within the Wyoming Department of Corrections.
“He took responsibility right at the beginning,” Corey added.
The hearing reverted back to an arraignment after Wilking vetoed the plea agreement. Parham pleaded not guilty to both charges and will face a trial or attempt to reach a revised plea agreement.
Parham faces a combined maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; 10 years for each aggravated assault charge. He is currently held on a $10,000 bond