A Wyoming man pleaded not guilty to a charge alleging he drunkenly attacked another man with a hammer.

David Taylor entered his plea Thursday in Natrona County District Court to a single count of aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.

Taylor had arrived at a friend’s house in Edgerton “extremely intoxicated” on Nov. 22 when he tried to hug the friend, according to court documents. The friend declined the hug due to a preexisting back injury.

Taylor continued to try to hug his friend, who continually declined, until Taylor was asked to leave, the documents state. Another man heard a commotion from a different room and entered to see the two friends wrestling on the floor, while one of them bled from a cut on his head.

The third man broke up the fight and escorted Taylor out of the house, according to the documents. When he returned, Taylor’s friend said the man had hit him in the head with the hammer.

The friend was hospitalized for his injuries, the documents state. In the early morning hours of the next day, authorities arrested Taylor.

Taylor was being held in Natrona County Detention Center on Thursday morning.

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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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