Casper Man Takes Plea Deal; Faces Prison on Restraint Charge
A man accused of assaulting and restraining another man in late 2017 pleaded guilty to a felony charge Tuesday afternoon.
Adam Ray McClure, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit felonious restraint before District Judge Daniel Forgey. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss an aggravated assault charge and recommend that McClure serve 18-36 months in prison.
Court documents say McClure went to the victim's home on Christmas Day, accompanied by Ryan Heidekrueger and Shane Connely. The victim was pistol-whipped repeatedly and his television was smashed before the men put him into a red SUV and drove him around in the area near Wyoming Medical Center.
The victim was asked about the residence of an alleged drug dealer. He said he didn't know, and he was allegedly beaten in an effort to get the information from him.
The victim's jaw later had to be wired shut.
Investigators say the victim was reluctant to report the assault, "...McClure and Heidekrueger were involved in gang activity..."
McClure was interviewed by police on March 6. He was released afterward so that all the information gathered during the lengthy investigation could be reviewed.
But on March 21, police contacted McClure again. He had been named a person of interest in the kidnapping of a 95-year-old woman who was later found in the trunk of her own car, hours after police took possession of the vehicle at the conclusion of a chase.
McClure was arrested in February 2017 after he was allegedly found passed out drunk in a break room at the offices of the Casper Star-Tribune. He reportedly had marijuana and a handgun on his person at the time of his arrest.
McClure is being held on $25,000 cash or surety bond. His sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date.