The Wyoming Supreme Court on Friday denied the appeal of a Natrona County man who pleaded guilty two years ago to sexually abusing four girls and was subsequently sentenced to 45 to 50 years in prison.
William K. Hall had appealed a denial of his district court request for a sentence reduction, in which he argued his good behavior in prison, a letter from his mother and completion of a victim impact course in prison entitled him to a significantly reduced sentence.
On Friday, the state’s highest court stated Hall’s appeal, which he filed while acting as his own attorney, was without merit and affirmed the lower court’s denial of his appeal.
In 2015, Hall sexually assaulted and took naked photos of a girl. He abused the other victims approximately a decade and a half prior.
Hall pleaded guilty in 2016 to five felonies: two counts second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, one count of taking immodest, immoral or indecent liberties with a minor and two counts of third-degree sexual assault.
Hall entered his guilty pleas a week before he was set to go to trial, and then requested the opportunity to withdraw his pleas on the day he was set to be sentenced. He then changed his mind, and received the 45- to 50-year sentence outlined in the plea agreement, which is to be followed by 10 years of probation with another 10 years of suspended prison time.
He appealed his sentence to the Wyoming Supreme Court for the first time in 2016. The court denied that appeal after he failed to file documents on time. A year later, he asked the sentencing court for a sentence reduction, which the court denied. Hall then appealed the decision to the Wyoming Supreme Court, which denied his appeal Friday.
Hall, 48, remains in custody at Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington.