A judge on Wednesday sentenced a Casper man to a half-decade in prison for raping an unconscious woman.

Cody Tingey, 28, will serve five to seven years imprisonment, a term consistent with a deal he struck with prosecutors earlier this year.

On Wednesday morning, Tingey appeared in Natrona County District Court with Kurt Infanger, his court-appointed defense attorney. The defendant, who wore orange jail garb indicating he remained held in lieu of $50,000 bail, spoke only to answer procedural questions. Infanger and Assistant District Attorney Kevin Taheri’s presentations were only slightly more expansive; neither lawyer called for third-party statements in advance of sentencing.

Taheri told the judge the victim in the case had declined to make a statement to the court.

After the attorneys made their requests that Forgey implement the terms of the plea agreement, the judge did so. Tingey will also receive credit for 234 days he’s spent incarcerated in advance of his conviction and then sentencing. The case will run concurrent with a Uinta County case from 2015 that could be subject to parole revocation.

Tingey in April pleaded guilty to a single count of first-degree sexual assault. When Tingey made the admission, he did so as part of a deal with prosecutors, who agreed to dismiss a misdemeanor charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Lawyers agreed to recommend Judge Daniel Forgey sentence Tingey to five to seven years imprisonment.

Court documents filed by prosecutors indicate Casper police on Sept. 4 received a report of sexual assault. Investigators spoke to the victim at Wyoming Medical Center, where she said she met up with Tingey in the early morning and drank with him in a park before going to his apartment, according to the documents.

She told investigators she fell asleep on a couch at about 5:30 a.m. and when she woke, Tingey was sexually assaulting her. The victim said she pushed him away, got dressed and left the apartment, the documents state.

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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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