Pilon’s prelim set for Nov. 29

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SUBLETTE COUNTY – Natalie R. Pilon appeared via videoconference in Sublette County Circuit Court on Monday, Nov. 21, for a mental competency hearing to proceed with her case.

Judge Curt Haws, joining the hearing with a phone call, accepted judgment of Pilon’s competency to continue to the next step, a preliminary hearing, when he will hear evidence and determine if the charges should be bound over to 9th District Court.

Of Pilon’s possible pleas of not guilty by reason of mental illness, Judge Haws said 9th District Judge Marv Tyler would lay that out if the case against Pilon is bound over, he told her and her attorney John LaBuda.

Pilon’s preliminary hearing was stalled for months as she recovered from her Oct. 30, 2021, almost head-on collision, allegedly deliberate, with a logging truck and trailer on Highway 191. She was life-flighted to Idaho Falls as was the truck driver; another Pinedale driver was slightly injured. Charges were filed in March and numerous hearings have been rescheduled before this point.

Pilon is charged with two charges of felony intentional or reckless aggravated assault and battery and two felony counts of property destruction, along with driving with a cell phone screen visible and not wearing a seatbelt.

Judge Haws said, “I’m sure Miss Pilon is anxious to move on” with the case.

“The victims are too,” said Adrian Kowalski, Sublette County deputy attorney.

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