Pilon’s case now in District Court

Joy Ufford photo After it was struck by a vehicle drive by Natalie Pilon, this trailer filled with logs separated from the Koch Construction semi and swung across Highway 191 on the afternoon of Oct. 30, 2021, spilling full-length logs. Pilon’s case continues to move slowly through the court system.

SUBLETTE COUNTY – The multi-felony aggravated assault case against Natalie R. Pilon was bound over to 9th District Court last week, after Pilon waived her preliminary hearing.

She last appeared before Sublette County Circuit Court Judge Curt Haws via videoconference from Billings, Mont., to confirm she underwent a mental evaluation to ensure she is capable of answering to charges resulting from her Oct. 30, 2021, “intentional” collision with a truck pulling a loaded logging trailer and another truck.

9th District Judge Marv Tyler set Pilon’s arraignment for Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. and Pilon is ordered to appear in person in the Pinedale courtroom. Attorney John LaBuda hinted that she might include “mental illness” as a factor in her actions.

Pilon was released after her initial appearance in March under Circuit Court terms and conditions, after charges were filed, and moved to Billings with Judge Haws’ permission. Her preliminary hearing in Circuit Court was rescheduled numerous times.

On March 10, Sublette County Deputy Attorney Adrian Kowalski filed two charges of felony intentional or reckless aggravated assault and battery and two felony counts of property destruction, along with misdemeanors of driving with a cell phone screen visible and not wearing a seatbelt.