Judge gives Texas man who kicked Wyoming trooper probation

2011-10-27T19:00:00Z 2011-10-27T19:30:17Z Judge gives Texas man who kicked Wyoming trooper probationBy WILLIAM BROWNING Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

A 23-year-old man who drove a car reported stolen in Montana and assaulted a Wyoming state trooper outside Casper in April has been sentenced to a term of probation.

Christopher Ray Briggs kicked a trooper in the face while handcuffed and on the ground beside Interstate 25 on April 19. The incident happened roughly seven miles north of Casper, authorities say.

Briggs later pleaded guilty to assault on a police officer, a felony, as well as a misdemeanor for receiving or concealing stolen property.

On Thursday, Natrona County District Judge Catherine Wilking sentenced him to three years

of supervised probation. The judge also ordered Briggs to complete the felony program at the Casper ReEntry Center and receive anger management counseling.

Given a chance to speak before sentencing, Briggs told the court he realizes he needs “to take life more seriously.”

Authorities say a trooper encountered Briggs driving a Saab about 5 mph on the interstate’s shoulder on the day of the incident. Briggs told the trooper he had accidentally filled the vehicle with diesel and that was causing engine trouble.

The trooper, after offering to help, was told by dispatch that the Saab had been reported stolen at gunpoint roughly one month earlier in Billings, Mont., authorities say.

Briggs was placed in handcuffs and became combative, kicking the trooper in the face before being secured.

Briggs is from Denison, Texas, prosecutors say.

He is not expected to face criminal charges in Montana.



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