A Casper man pleaded guilty Friday to shooting an acquaintance after an argument at a central Casper home in February.

Travis Hall, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted voluntary manslaughter at a hearing in Natrona County District Court. Prosecutors originally charged Hall with attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault and use of a deadly weapon but amended the charges as part of the plea deal.

Hall’s attorney, public defender Rob Oldham, said at an earlier hearing that prosecutors had “overcharged” his client. The attempted second-degree murder charge carried a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Terms of the deal require that Hall’s attorney argue for a sentence of at least 10 years in prison on the single charge. Prosecutors can recommend a sentence up to the maximum of 20 years in prison. A judge will make the final decision at a later hearing.

Hall was attending a gathering the night of Feb. 5 at a home in the 1700 block of South Washington Street when one of the hosts asked him to leave. Hall refused and was physically pushed out of the house.

Hall then broke one of the home’s front windows. When one of the residents opened the front door to see what was happening, Hall shot him once with a revolver.

The victim, 27-year-old Cody Lawson, was hospitalized. The bullet entered his left arm, passed through the area of his sternum and exited on the right side of his chest, according to the court documents.

Police arrested Hall a few blocks from the home about 15 minutes after the shooting was reported.

At the hearing Friday, Hall said he doesn’t remember many of the events of that night because he was drunk. He said he remembered firing a gun but didn’t remember an argument or the details of the gathering. Police found that his blood alcohol content was .2 percent — more than double the legal limit for driving.

Hall remained in custody Friday on $100,000 bond.

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Star-Tribune reporter Elise Schmelzer covers criminal justice.

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