A Wyoming man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Natrona County District Court to charges alleging he dealt in stolen goods, including trucks.

James Walsh, 35, entered his pleas to eight felony counts of wrongful taking or disposing of property and one misdemeanor count of the same charge.

The defendant spoke only to answer procedural questions and enter his pleas.

Public defender Joseph Cole asked Judge Thomas Sullins to waive the reading of charges in open court, but Sullins said that would run afoul of case law passed down in a prior decision by the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Charges in the case allege that Walsh bought, received, concealed or disposed of stolen goods, including two 1999 Dodge pickups, a 2004 Dodge Ram, a 2005 Dodge Ram, a John Deere tractor, a 24-foot trailer, a 16-foot trailer and a 1980 International semi-truck. Prosecutors also allege in the misdemeanor charge he stole oxygen and acetylene bottles.

Walsh remained free Tuesday morning on a $25,000 surety bond.

His trial is scheduled for April 16.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

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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