Assault case sent back to Circuit Court on lesser charge


One felony charge dismissed, other felony reduced

The second-degree sexual

assault charge against a man accused of

causing a woman’s allergies to have intercourse

with her was dismissed at his Ninth

District Court arraignment on Thursday.

Sublette County Attorney Mike Crosson

filed a motion to dismiss that charge

against Leonard R. Handy, of Pinedale,

and also to reduce the felony charge of aggravated

assault and battery to the misdemeanor

of reckless endangerment.

Crosson told District Judge Marv Tyler,

Handy and Handy’s attorney Edwin Wall

that he requested the charges’ dismissal and

reduction after “information was brought

to (his) attention by law enforcement.”

A woman had reported that on June 8

and June 9, Handy had allegedly exposed

her to a substance that caused very serious

respiratory distress and then came into

close physical contact with her, allegedly

taking advantage of her illness, according

to the affidavit from Deputy Sinclair

Streeter.

Crosson’s motion did not offer the newly

received information that brought about

the reduction and dismissal of the felony

charges. Handy could have faced as much

as 30 years in prison and fines of $20,000,

court records show.

Judge Tyler also reduced Handy’s cashonly

bond from $50,000 to $2,000 with the

order that Handy have no contact with the

victim. He remanded the case with the alleged

single misdemeanor charge back to

continue in Sublette County Circuit Court,

effective Thursday.

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