Judge Gives Stern Warning To Casper Man About No Contact With Victim
A man who pleaded guilty to trying to strangle his girlfriend received a three- to five-year suspended prison term, three years of probation, and a stern warning from a judge Friday.
"Your probation terms are very, very important," Natrona County District Court Judge Catherine Wilking told Shae Nicholas-Kenneth Mayer during his sentencing hearing.
Mayer pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of property destruction by breaking the victim's phone and computer, Assistant District Attorney Mike Schafer said.
He also pleaded guilty to one felony count of strangulation of a household member, and Schafer and defense attorney proposed a plea agreement -- accepted by Wilking -- that he would receive a three- to five-year suspended prison sentence with three years of intensive supervised probation.
According to court documents, police on Aug. 4 responded to their residence on East 12th Street where Mayer and the woman argued. He broke her phone after seeing a text from another man, he caused her to fall, took her to a bedroom, put his knee on her chest, and put his hand on her neck and started to squeeze.
While out on bond, he violated a no-contact provision and was taken into custody.
Friday, Mayer said he was sorry for what had happened.
Wilking then told him he absolutely must have no contact with the victim, as well as observe the standard admonitions about not violating the law, having a full-time job or attending school, abstaining from alcohol and controlled substances, and being available for random drug tests.
She said she shared Infanger's concern that he violated a protection order by being with her while on bond.
But the victim is not necessarily innocent here, either, because she has apparently tried to contact him according to a recently filed report, Wilking said. Infanger said he will request a protection order for him so she is forbidden to contact him.
"If she called you, she doesn't place a high value on your liberty," Wilking said. "If she calls, texts, (contacts you by) Facebook, drives by your home, you need to report that."
But no contact order is ultimately his responsibility, Wilking said. "If you're seen together, I'm sending you to prison."