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Wyoming Supreme Court Hears Bohling Appeals Case Argument

The Supreme Court of Wyoming Building as seen from Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne
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The Supreme Court of Wyoming Building as seen from Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne

The Wyoming Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in the criminal appeals case of former Albany County prosecutor, Richard Bohling.  

In February, Bohling was found guilty of five charges related to improperly using government money to purchase cameras, photography equipment and other electronics. He was sentenced to two to four years in prison, along with an order to pay $45,000 in fines and more than $3,000 in restitution to Albany County. Bohling’s counsel then filed an appeals case with the Wyoming Supreme Court to overturn all five convictions. 

Defense attorney Linda Devine argued in front of the Supreme Court that Bohling never obtained the title to the electronics, only possession of them. Devine argued according to Wyoming statute, both elements are necessary for a conviction.

In response, Wyoming Senior Assistant Attorney General Christyne Martens argued obtaining property by false pretenses does not require a title. Martens also argued evidence from the case proves the electronics were never used for county purposes, but were used exclusively for Bohling’s personal benefit. 

The Wyoming Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on the case in coming months. 

Maggie Mullen is Wyoming Public Radio's regional reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau. Her work has aired on NPR, Marketplace, Science Friday, and Here and Now. She was awarded a 2019 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her story on the Black 14.

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