Ryan Burgess

Ryan Burgess

Ryan Burgess appeared in Natrona County Circuit Court on Monday with his right arm tucked inside his orange jumpsuit. In the past week, he reportedly escaped from the Casper Re-entry Center, aimed a gun at and fled from police and ultimately received a bullet through his arm. His most recent charge is felony escape.

Authorities say the 28-year-old failed to return to his residence at the Casper Re-entry Center on Oct. 10. In the early morning of Oct. 12, two Casper police officers encountered Burgess on separate instances, and both say Burgess drew a semiautomatic weapon on them. The second officer fired a single shot and arrested the suspect.

Burgess remained mostly silent at his hearing Monday, only answering Judge Michael Huber’s procedural questions.

Assistant District Attorney Randall Carnahan asked for a $500,000 bond, labeling Burgess a “danger” to the community. Huber settled on $250,000.

Burgess was serving the possible tail end of a seven-to-10-year sentence for a 2004 Park County manslaughter conviction. According to the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, he had just checked into the center on Oct. 2, and his first scheduled parole hearing was to be sometime in the first quarter of 2013.

Burgess will likely receive a preliminary hearing within 10 days to determine whether his case will be heard in Natrona County District Court.

Reach crime reporter Megan Cassidy at 307-266-0534 or megan.cassidy@trib.com. Follow her on Twitter @meganrcassidy.

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