Riverton Woman Sentenced to Probation for Hitting Three People With Car in Casper
A woman who admitted in December to driving into three people will avoid prison time if she complies with the terms of her probation.
Cecilia Warren, 24, was sentenced Wednesday in Natrona County District Court to four years of supervised probation with a four- to eight-year suspended prison sentence.
Natrona County District Court Judge Daniel Forgey also ordered Warren to complete the felony program at the Casper Re-Entry Center. She will remain in jail until she is transferred there.
Assistant District Attorney Dan Itzen recommended Warren be sentenced to a three- to five-year prison term, highlighting the presentence investigation report which noted Warren did not appreciate the gravity of her actions.
"She takes very little responsibility for her conduct in this case," Itzen added.
"This is a tough call," Forgey said before sentencing Warren. "Obviously this is a very serious offense. My intent is not to minimize that in any way."
Warren pleaded guilty in December to three counts of aggravated assault after hitting three people with a car on Oct. 14.
Charging papers say the incident stemmed from an argument in the area of Durbin Street and East K Street involving Warren's boyfriend or friend. The argument turned physical, with two men punching each other in the street.
Warren was present as her reportedly intoxicated acquaintance refused to leave when asked by others. After yelling at him to get in the car, Warren got into a silver Pontiac Sunfire and, while driving in reverse, hit a pregnant woman before swerving to hit two men.
A witness reportedly saw all three victims "go up into the air before coming back down to the ground," according to an affidavit.
The pregnant woman suffered a fractured pelvis and a broken back.
Another victim was so concussed that he had no memory of the incident.
Police arrested Warren after she was seen on video surveillance footage visiting the man who had been involved in the initial argument while he was at Wyoming Medical Center.
Given Warren's minimal criminal history, Forgey decided probation to be appropriate in the matter.
Defense attorney Kurt Infanger told the court Wednesday that Warren wanted to apologize to the victims, though they were not in the courtroom.
"I know she has a lot of remorse," Infanger said. "I don't think it was intentional."
"This easily could have gone the other way," Forgey told Warren after handing down her sentence. "I hope you take advantage of the opportunity provided."
"If you don't, obviously you know what's at stake," Forgey concluded.