A Casper teen admitted Thursday to taking ballistic vests from a sheriff’s vehicle parked in Paradise Valley and a pistol from a different truck earlier this year.
Brendon Brimmer, 18, made the admissions in Natrona County District Court as part of a plea deal that could put him in prison for as long as seven years. The agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to two felonies allows for Brimmer to argue for any sentence he deems appropriate. Prosecutors will be allowed to ask for a prison sentence as long as five to seven years.
The deal also states that an anticipated probation revocation in a different case will run at the same time. Any sentence in that case is also limited to the same maximum.
At the Thursday morning hearing, Brimmer wore a padlocked chain around his waist and handcuffs around his wrists indicative of his status as a jail inmate. He told Judge Catherine Wilking that he had broken into the sheriff’s vehicle and taken body armor but not an AR-15. Assistant District Attorney Mike Schafer acknowledged the state believes a younger teen facing juvenile proceedings took the rifle, and Brimmer said he took the pistol from a Dodge truck, which satisfied the requirements for a guilty plea to a single count of aggravated burglary.
Because Brimmer’s admissions did not fit the elements of a crime he had intended to plead to, aggravated burglary of the sheriff’s vehicle, he instead pleaded guilty to a different count pertaining to the Dodge truck. The ultimate impact of the plea is the same under criminal law.
Brimmer also pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, dating to the same April night.
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“It kind of looks like you were car hopping,” Wilking said, to summarize Brimmer’s pleas.
The 18-minute hearing concluded with a sheriff’s deputy leading Brimmer back to county custody as he awaits sentencing. His court-appointed attorney, Kurt Infanger, meanwhile, turned to the defense of another man.
Prosecutors had initially charged Brimmer with four felonies, but on Thursday dismissed two counts as a term of the plea agreement. Shortly after filing the charges against, prosecutors stated Brimmer and two juveniles had conspired to burglarize weapons from parked vehicles, including the parked car belonging to the sheriff’s office.
Shortly after the arrest, a sheriff’s spokesman said a deputy left the gun in a department vehicle that is used for traveling long distances and — unlike patrol trucks — does not have a secured compartment to store weapons. The spokesman said the deputy made a mistake and it had “been addressed,” but he did not specify the nature of the discipline.
The outcome of any criminal cases against the younger teens are not expected to become public. In Wyoming, juvenile court proceedings are sealed. The identities of the juveniles and the nature of any charges are likewise not available in public court records.
Schafer told the Star-Tribune earlier this year that one of the two younger teens had been charged in juvenile court. He said at the time that he did not anticipate charging the other child.