A Casper man pleaded no contest Friday morning to a charge alleging he shoved a confidential informant who helped law enforcement build a case against him.
In addition to the single felony count of witness intimidation, Shane M. Patrick also pleaded guilty to two counts of methamphetamine delivery as part of an agreement with prosecutors. The agreement calls for him to spend a maximum of five years in prison for the three crimes.
In Natrona County District Court on Friday, Patrick appeared free on bond. After admitting twice to meth delivery, he entered the no contest plea. By entering such a plea, he did not admit to the witness intimidation charge. Instead he acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him at trial.
Assistant District Attorney Trevor Schenk told Judge Kerri Johnson that a person who helped the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation conduct an undercover methamphetamine purchase from Patrick showed up at a Casper bar at the same time as Patrick. Security camera footage from the bar shows Patrick and the woman exchange words before Patrick pushes the woman, Schenk said. The woman falls, hitting her head on a door jamb, Schenk said the footage shows.
In a recorded phone call Patrick made from jail, he tells a person the woman he pushed had helped law enforcement’s initial drug case against him, Schenk told the judge. Patrick also described the assault in a text message to another person who bought meth from the same dealer, Schenk told the judge.
Defense attorney Don Fuller declined to dispute Schenk’s characterization of the facts. On Friday morning, Patrick remained free pending sentencing.