Michael Cooper Found Guilty of Aggravated Assault and Battery
A Casper man has been found guilty on charges stemming from a July 2011 shooting.
A jury Wednesday found 20-year old Michael Cooper guilty of aggravated assault and battery, after police say he opened fire on another person that was following him.
According to prosecutors, Ronald Rodabaugh was trying to break-up an argument at the Loaf and Jug at Poplar and Collins Streets in Casper, when he noticed Cooper leaving the scene.
Rodabaugh told officers he followed Cooper in his car, with the intent to point him out to police, but a short time later, Rodabaugh says Cooper opened fire at him.
Rodabaugh claimed he hit Cooper with his car out of self-defense, and then later pinned him between the car and a fence.
At some point during the incident, Rodabaugh was shot in the leg.
The defense argued that Cooper fired in self-defense because Rodabaugh was following with the intent of doing harm, but did not pull the trigger until after he was hit by Rodabaugh’s car.
In the closing arguments, the prosecution pointed out that Cooper had been drinking prior to the incident, and that he couldn't have been firing in self-defense after he was pinned against the fence, because he wasn't making an effort to retreat, rather firing out of anger.
Cooper is being held in jail on $500,000 bond awaiting sentencing. He faces up to 10 years in prison.