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Homeless Man Enters Alford Plea to Possession of a Deadly Weapon Charge

Robert Broyles
Casper Police Dept.

A 35-year-old homeless man prosecutors say threatened another person with a knife and a hand axe at a Casper park now says prosecutors have enough evidence to garner a conviction.

After multiple court hearings since his arrest in July, including one request for new legal council altogether, a strained Robert Broyles appeared in front of district judge Catherine Wilking in Natrona County District Court on Friday to enter an Alford plea to one count of possession of a deadly weapon with intent to threaten the life of another.

The Alford plea was one component of a plea deal that will lead to three other charges being dropped, including one count of attempted second-degree murder. The charges stem from a July 4, 2012, incident at Morad Park where prosecutors say, in an argument, Broyles attempted to stab another man in the head.

An Alford plea, while not an admission of guilt, is an acknowledgement by the defense that prosecutors likely have enough evidence for a conviction.

Broyles faces up to five years in prison. Sentencing will take place at a later date.

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