Tanner Davis

Tanner Davis

Casper Police Department

A Natrona County Circuit Court judge ruled Thursday that enough probable cause exists to charge a Cheyenne man with four felonies in relation to a 2015 home invasion robbery.

Tanner K. Davis is facing charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. If convicted on all four counts, he could face up to 100 years in prison.

Davis appeared in court Tuesday but did not speak.

Davis’s attorney, Rob Oldham, told Judge Steven Brown that he did not think prosecutors had enough evidence to charge his client with both conspiracy counts.

Brown indicated that he was also unsure both conspiracy charges would hold up in district court.

“My radar’s going off on it, but the standard to bind it over is so low,” Brown said before allowing the case to move to the felony-level court.

Casper police Detective Jonathan Peterson testified that Davis was identified by two victims of the crime. Davis later admitted to planning and conducting the robbery with three other men, Peterson said in response to prosecutor Trevor Schenk’s questioning.

Peterson did not investigate the case but took the stand with his only knowledge of the case coming from an affidavit signed by another detective, he said.

After briefly cross-examining Peterson, an apparently frustrated Oldham ceased his questioning.

“I might as well cross-examine a piece of paper,” Oldham said.

Davis and the three alleged co-conspirators made off with cell phones, sneakers, a Playstation 4 and marijuana pipes, according to court documents. The documents indicate that the men planned the burglary because they thought the occupants of the home sold marijuana.

The alleged victim told police that he and his two friends had been sleeping when two men burst into his bedroom wielding guns and a hatchet. The man’s friends, both under 18 and thus unidentified in the court documents, were sleeping in the living room at the time, according to the documents. The man told police that intruders had threatened to kill him and his family if he went to police.

Although the robbery is alleged to have occurred in July 2015, police were not alerted until January 2016, when an informant told police a group had robbed another man at gunpoint, according to court documents.

One of the alleged victims told police he also did not report the burglary because one intruder told him he would kill the victim’s family if police were contacted, according to the documents.

Konnor Rollison, of Mills, pleaded not guilty earlier this month to four felonies in a related case.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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