A Natrona County man on Friday entered not guilty pleas to three felonies alleging he shot at a woman and tried to run her over.
Lloyd Thompson, 54, entered the pleas during the morning hearing in Natrona County District Court to three counts of aggravated assault that date to June. It was then, prosecutors say, that Thompson fired a gun at a woman along the side of a rural Natrona County road and chased her in a Jeep.
Thompson on Friday morning wore a chain around the waist of his jail uniform. After Judge Kerri Johnson read the elements of the three crimes to Thompson, he entered the three pleas as one.
“Not guilty, your honor,” Thompson said.
In requesting a bond reduction, court-appointed defense attorney Joe Cole stated Thompson had driven slowly along the road while trying to talk to the woman. The lawyer acknowledged Thompson was drunk at the time, but said the charges outstrip the allegations.
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According to court documents filed to support the initial charges, a bystander called 911 on Sunday and said she saw Thompson fire a gun at a woman along the side of a Natrona County road.
Mills police responding to the scene found Thompson behind the wheel of a Jeep and the woman running away, the documents state. The woman, who has known Thompson for decades, told a sheriff’s investigator that he sexually assaulted her, the documents state.
When the woman tried to walk away on a nearby road, Thompson followed her in his Jeep, the documents allege. He side-swiped her and nearly ran her over, the documents state she told investigators. He threatened to shoot her, and, when she continued walking, she heard a gunshot from behind her, according to the documents.
In an interview with a sheriff’s investigator, Thompson denied pointing or shooting a gun at the woman, according to the documents.
Although prosecutors had also initially charged Thompson with two counts of sexual assault, they later dismissed those charges in July. District Attorney Dan Itzen told the Star-Tribune then that he did not think he could prove the elements of the sex crimes.