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William Quillin

William Quillin

A man accused of attacking an elderly person with a snow shovel during a home invasion was found not guilty Tuesday due to mental illness.

William Mason Quillin, 44, was arrested in February 2017 and later charged with two counts of aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon and one count of aggravated burglary.

Public defender Rob Oldham, who represented Quillin in the case, said on Wednesday the Wyoming State Hospital determined Quillin had a low likelihood of future violence.

Quillin will move to Arizona to receive mental health treatment at a Veterans Affairs Hospital, Oldham said.

Natrona County Sheriff’s deputies alleged Quillin broke into a home on the 4800 block of Bel Vista Drive in Bar Nunn.

Quillin and Sharon Marie Hinkle, 46, demanded access to a safe, prosecutors alleged. When the 70-year-old woman and 71-year-old man inside said they did not have a safe, Quillin kicked and punched them and later attacked the man with a shovel, according to prosecutors.

The victims were taken to the Wyoming Medical Center. The man had two broken ribs, a broken pelvis, injuries to his eyes and cuts on his hands, wrists and arms, according to court documents. His liver was also possibly lacerated. The woman had a broken pelvis and bruises on her left side, according to court documents.

The suspects left the scene before deputies arrived, but deputies found them in their nearby home. Quillin and Hinkle refused to come out of the house. Law enforcement used tasers, bean bag rounds and tear gas during the arrests and had to use force to detain Quillin, sheriff’s deputies alleged in court documents.

Hinkle was sentenced in November to six to eight years imprisonment. She had initially pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness but later entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

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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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