Casper Man Pleads Not Guilty to Stealing Gun from Truck
A Casper man pleaded not guilty one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary during his arraignment in Natrona County District Court on Monday.
Kooper Cavender, 20, entered the plea before Judge Kerri Johnson.
Cavender is free on a $10,000 cash/surety bond. A trial date will be set later.
He was already on probation for a conviction of aggravated burglary last year. District Court Judge Catherine Wilking sentenced him in March to a four- to six-year suspended prison sentence and instead he received three years of supervised probation. She warned him that he would go to prison if he violated the terms of his probation, according to court records.
The new aggravated burglary case started Aug. 8 when a Casper police officer responded to a home in the 1500 block of South Wilson where the resident said someone threw a rock through a window of a vehicle in the previous day, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
The only thing missing from his vehicle was a loaded revolver that had been in the closed center console in the front seat.
The resident said a neighbor had video of the possible suspects.
Two officers reviewed the video and saw two young white men walking, smoking cigarettes and apparently stumble in one yard, then walk toward the alleged victim's residence. An officer recognized Cavender and knew he was on probation for aggravated burglary.
On Aug. 27, that officer contacted Cavender, who admitted to participaing in the burglary. Cavender said he was at the house of the other man in the video, and was drinking there. They left and went a short distance where the other man threw a rock through the window of a truck and took the revolver.