NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT COURT JUDGE THOMAS SULLINS WILL REVIEW TESTIMONY GIVEN THURSDAY AND LAST MONTH TO DETERMINE WHETHER A CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER SHOULD RECEIVE A NEW TRIAL.

IN JULY 2016, JOSHUA WINTERS PICKED UP A THEN 5-YEAR-OLD BOY AT A BOWLING ALLEY ON CY AVENUE, TOOK HIM TO THE RIVER AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HIM.

A JURY CONVICTED WINTERS IN MAY 2017 OF FIRST-, SECOND- AND THIRD-DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR, AND SULLINS LATER SENTENCED HIM TO 80-115 YEARS IMPRISONMENT.

IN MARCH, HE ASKED FOR A NEW TRIAL THROUGH HIS ATTORNEY KEITH NACHBAR, CLAIMING HIS PUBLIC DEFENDER ROB OLDHAM FAILED TO ADEQUATELY DEFEND HIM.

THURSDAY'S TWO-HOUR HEARING WITH A DNA EXPERT FROM THE WYOMING CRIME LAB CONCLUDED A HEARING LAST MONTH.

IN HIS CLOSING ARGUMENT, NACHBAR SAID WINTERS DESERVES A NEW TRIAL BECAUSE THE ALLEGED VICTIM WAS THE ONLY EYEWITNESS, OLDHAM DID NOT INVESTIGATE OTHER WITNESSES AS MUCH AS HE COULD HAVE, THE VICTIM GAVE INCONSISTENT STATEMENTS, AND WAS NOT COMPETENT TO TESTIFY.

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY KEVIN TAHERI RESPONDED THAT THE EVIDENCE AND TESTIMONY WERE OVERWHELMING.

TAHERI SAID WINTERS GAVE CONTRADICTORY STATEMENTS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THE NIGHT OF THE ASSAULT.

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SHOWED WINTERS' AT THE BOWLING ALLEY, THE VICTIM WAS CREDIBLE AND HAD NO REASON TO FABRICATE THE STORY, OLDHAM HAD ACCESS TO AND LISTENED TO RECORDED INTERVIEWS, AND WINTERS' DNA ON AN ANAL SWAB SHOWED A SEXUAL ASSAULT HAD HAPPENED.

TAHERI SAID OLDHAM DID A CREDIBLE JOB IN DEFENDING WINTERS, AND THAT JOSHUA WINTERS GOT CONVICTED BECAUSE HE WAS GUILTY.
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A 53-YEAR-OLD WYOMING WOMAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A COLLISION SOUTHWEST OF WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

THE WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS BONNIE AINSWORTH WAS FATALLY INJURED WHEN THE CAR SHE WAS RIDING IN REAR-ENDED AN SUV THAT WAS STOPPED NEAR MILEPOST 100 ON WYOMING HIGHWAY 789 WAITING TO MAKE A LEFT-HAND TURN.

THE DRIVER OF THE CAR AND THE FRONT SEAT PASSENGER WERE TAKEN TO SAGEWEST IN RIVERTON, BUT THE PATROL DIDN'T ELABORATE ON THE EXTENT OF THEIR INJURIES.

AINSWORTH, WHO WAS UNBUCKLED IN THE BACK SEAT, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT SAGEWEST IN LANDER.

THE PATROL SAYS DRIVER INATTENTION MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE CRASH.
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ROCK SPRINGS, WYO. (AP) - SOUTHERN WYOMING GROUPS HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT'S DECISION TO REMOVE THREE PARCELS FROM AN OIL AND GAS LEASE SALES...
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OMAHA, NEB. (AP) - MORE FARM LOAN APPLICATIONS ARE BEING REJECTED IN RURAL PARTS OF 10 PLAINS AND WESTERN STATES IN REACTION TO WEAK FARM COMMODITY PRICES AND INCOME. THE LATEST RURAL MAINSTREET SURVEY SAYS NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF BANK CEOS REPORTED REJECTING A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF FARM LOANS, WHILE NEARLY 55 PERCENT INDICATED THEIR BANKS HAD RAISED COLLATERAL REQUIREMENTS IN THE FACE OF WEAK FARM PRICES AND INCOME.

BILLINGS, MONT. (AP) - THE BODY OF A MONTANA MAN HAS BEEN RECOVERED AFTER A WEEKEND BOATING ACCIDENT IN THE BIGHORN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA IN MONTANA. OFFICIALS SAY THE BODY OF 36-YEAR-OLD NATHAN KELLEY OF BILLINGS WAS RECOVERED WEDNESDAY, ALONG WITH THE BOAT. THREE PEOPLE DIED IN SATURDAY'S BOATING ACCIDENT ON BIGHORN LAKE. ONE MAN REMAINS MISSING.

BILLINGS, MONT. (AP) - A FORMER MONTANA AND WYOMING NEUROSURGEON HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR TRYING TO HIDE ASSETS WHEN HE FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY AFTER BEING SUED FOR MALPRACTICE. JOHN HENRY SCHNEIDER WAS SENTENCED WEDNESDAY AFTER PLEADING GUILTY EARLIER THIS YEAR TO CONCEALING A BANK ACCOUNT WITH NEARLY $310,000. HE FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY WHILE FACING $12 MILLION IN CLAIMS FROM FORMER BUSINESS PARTNERS AND FOR MALPRACTICE.