Last we knew: Steven Gettings, convicted of forgery in April, was arrested on suspicion of holding a woman captive in her Casper apartment.
The Latest: Gettings was bound over to face kidnapping and drug charges in Seventh District Court
What's next: In coming weeks, Gettings will be arraigned on the new charges and sentenced on the old.
The man suspected of holding an ex-girlfriend captive inside her Casper apartment was bound over Thursday morning to face kidnapping and drug charges in Seventh District Court.
Police say Steven Gettings, 34, intimidated the woman with a knife while blocking the door to her apartment with a sofa and covering a window with a blanket tacked with steak knives.
Gettings will be asked to enter a plea to the charges in coming weeks. Kidnapping is a felony carrying a penalty of 20 years to life in prison if prosecutors prove Gettings held the woman and that he did not intend to release her, generally unharmed and in a safe place.
Gettings' arrest June 3 was not his first encounter with law enforcement officers. At that time he was out of jail on bond as he awaited sentencing on a forgery charge.
Last fall, investigators say, Gettings printed fake bills of various denominations using a home computer and then gave the bills to friends to use at a bingo hall, a convenience store and other businesses. He pleaded no contest in April to one count of conspiracy to commit forgery.
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Casper police detective Stacia Francisco testified at Thursday's preliminary hearing about the more recent investigation that led to kidnapping and drug charges. A woman called police at about 6:30 a.m. on June 3 to report she had escaped from her apartment on Boulder Drive minutes earlier by climbing through a window. She said Gettings, who she started dating in November but with whom she had broken up the past week, had held there since the previous night.
The woman described an argument that escalated as Gettings, at various points, held her down, blocked the door, cut furniture with a knife and severed a telephone cord, according to Francisco's testimony.
"Now the cops can't get in," Francisco recalled the woman saying.
Defense attorney Don Tolin questioned Francisco on several points, returning repeatedly to Francisco's account of the precise manner in which the door was blocked.
Police arriving at the apartment on the morning of June 3 reported hearing furniture being moved before Gettings opened the door and agreed to go with officers to be questioned. But since no officers reported seeing the couch directly obstructing the door, Tolin indicated, its exact position is an open question.
The woman told police the sofa had been positioned so that it extended from the door, with a stereo speaker placed next to it so the door was firmly wedged closed. She said she waited until Getting fell asleep in the morning to climb out of a window of the ground floor apartment, calling police from a pay telephone at a nearby convenience store.
Police report that they found methamphetamine and a syringe when they searched the apartment.
Gettings is being held at the Natrona County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.
Reporter Anthony Lane can be reached at (307) 266-0593 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.