The Wyoming Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned former Albany County prosecuting attorney Richard Bohling’s four felony convictions on insufficient evidence grounds.

In 2015, Bohling was convicted of five criminal charges stemming from the misuse of county funds: four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and a count of misdemeanor official misconduct. The following year, he was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison, fined $45,000 and ordered to pay more than $3,000 in restitution to Albany County.

The Supreme Court decision vacated the obtaining property by false pretenses convictions, determining the state “failed to produce any evidence” that Albany County planned to transfer title of the property to Bohling, but upheld the official misconduct conviction.

Bohling was first elected in 2002 and served three consecutive terms as county attorney before deciding not to run for re-election in 2014.

See Thursday's edition of the Laramie Boomerang for more on this story.

(6) comments

packerpoke
packerpoke

His he still going to prison ?

longgone91
longgone91

When the boomerang broke the story, they quoted the sheriff saying he was guilty because he had luggage at the airport he hadn't seen before. Then at the trial it was discovered in the soft audit that the 52 inch tv on the wall couldn't be found. Gee, with Barny Fife and Aunt Bee running the county, how could this verdict be overturned?

SKEPTIK
SKEPTIK

This case shows a real flaw in the Justice System. Judge Perry, the trial Judge was presented with the same law as the Supreme Court reviewed in writing (twice at trial) and he refused to follow the law. The misdemeanor conviction that remains carries no jail time and the State expeded Hundreds of thousands of dollars in the prosecution.

packerpoke
packerpoke

Thanks for update about the misdemeanor. If this was anybody else they would be going to prison.

ldevinelaw
ldevinelaw

WY S.C. relied om 100 years of case law. Hard to believe that this is the first case to challenge prosecutors on the required element of transfer of title/ownership.

longgone91
longgone91

If the supreme court of Wyoming found no evidence for a conviction on a 5 to 0 vote, why would anyone else be going to prison. Maybe the prosicutor should be getting fired. Did you read the courts decision?

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