James Steele Bound Over for Trial
A Denver man accused of armed robbery and other felonies will go to trial in state district court.
James Steele, 32, waived his preliminary hearing before Judge Steven Brown in Natrona County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Steele, represented by Casper attorney Rich Jamieson, is charged with one count of aggravated assault, one count of felonious restraint and one count of aggravated robbery.
On Aug. 3, a husband and wife told Casper police investigators they were at a Casper bar when they decided to join Steele who told them he was going to a party.
The husband, the victim, rode in the backseat of Steele’s white pickup, while his wife had her own ride. While in the bar parking lot, Steele accelerated and ran over her foot. The husband yelled for Steele to stop, but Steele refused and drove away.
The victim continued demanding for Steele to stop. During the ride, Steele pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the victim and told him he would kill him. They came to Amoco Road, where Steele told the victim to empty his pockets and start walking away or else risk getting killed.
Another passenger in Steele’s vehicle, who told officers a similar version of the events, slid over to the driver’s seat, took control of the vehicle and drove away.
The victim wrestled the gun away from Steele and discarded it before fleeing the scene and contacting police. Officers found Steele a short time later and arrested him.
When interviewed, Steele said he did not remember leaving the bar, and did remember being in a scuffle, but said he would not answer any questions about owning a gun.
He is being held on $30,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison on the aggravated assault charge, up to five years in prison on the felonious restraint charge, and five-to-25 years in prison on the aggravated robbery charge.