Two teenagers accused of acting as lookouts during the November robbery of an Alcova bar should be sent to Wyoming Boot Camp for young offenders, a judge ruled today.
If approved by the Wyoming Department of Corrections, James Gore, 18, and Daniel Merwin, 16, will serve time at the Newcastle-based boot camp program.
The teens were part of a group of boys and men from Colorado accused of robbing the Sunset Grill at gunpoint on Nov. 29 and then leading police on a high-speed chase, where officers were fired upon. Merwin and Gore didn't shoot at officers, according to their attorneys.
Prosecutors sought prison time for Merwin and Gore, who are both from Craig, Colo.
"Even as young men who decided to travel in packs, they have to be responsible for what the pack does," said Assistant District Attorney Michael Schafer.
Their attorneys asked Judge Scott Skavdahl for probation, pointing out that their clients took responsibility for what happened after they were caught.
"You have a young man who is a follower," Gore's attorney, Don Tolin, told Skavdahl. "And following the wrong people at the wrong time to the wrong place got him here today."
Merwin and Gore pleaded guilty earlier this year to three charges in connection with the incident as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.