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A teen suspected of involvement in the theft of a deputy’s AR-15 will be charged as a juvenile, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Natrona County Assistant District Attorney Mike Schafer told the Star-Tribune that prosecutors have not decided how or whether to charge a second teen suspected of involvement in the case.

Authorities have said 18-year-old Brendon Brimmer conspired with a 15-year-old and 17-year-old in a series of vehicle thefts. The three teens took guns from parked cars, including an AR-15 a deputy left in a sheriff’s vehicle overnight, prosecutors say.

Schafer was not able to say which of the two teens faces charges in juvenile court. Because proceedings in juvenile matters are closed to the public, the identity of the teen and the outcome of the case will not be announced by authorities.

Brimmer has been charged with four felonies in the case and last week he waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Natrona County Circuit Court.

He will have an opportunity to enter pleas to the charges when he appears in Natrona County District Court for an arraignment.

Earlier this month, a sheriff’s spokesman said the deputy left the gun in a department vehicle that is used for traveling long distances and — unlike patrol trucks — does not have a compartment secured to store weapons.

“We admit the deputy made a mistake and it was addressed,” Sgt. Aaron Shatto said, without offering details on the nature of the discipline. He told the Star-Tribune the agency was pleased law enforcement had recovered the rifle.

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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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