A Laramie man charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery was sentenced to 4-6 years in prison, which was suspended, and the Wyoming Youthful Offender program, or boot camp, in Albany County District Court on Friday.
Austin Holaday pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit robbery Nov. 14 and was offered a plea agreement. In exchange for a guilty plea, the state would recommend boot camp, dismiss the robbery charge and dismiss four charges of conspiracy to commit burglary he has in a separate district court case.
District Court Judge Tori Kricken said boot camp would help reintegrate Holaday into society by keeping him away from controlled substances, which he had issues with before the incident.
“Boot camp is where (Holaday) needs to be,” Kricken said. “He is too young to throw his life away or spend the rest of his life in prison.”
The Youthful Offender Program helps inmates younger than 25 years old by providing them with physical, educational and therapeutic programs to help reintegrate inmates with society, Wyoming Department of Corrections information states. By the time inmates graduate from the course, he or she could receive sentence reductions.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Laramie Police Department received a call at about 10 p.m. May 21 regarding a man who reported being jumped and robbed at Kiwanis Park. An officer met with the victim and noticed abrasions, swelling and contusions on the victim’s face and scratches on his neck.
Allegedly, Anthony Rasmussen — who also was charged in connection with the incident — texted the victim to meet him at Kiwanis Park and lured the victim into a bathroom. Once he was in the bathroom, Rasmussen and another individual identified as Keelan Noel started punching him, court documents state.
The victim was able to exit the bathroom but was chased and caught by 2-3 other individuals, who proceeded to hit and kick the victim. While he was on the ground, the individuals allegedly placed their hands into the victim’s pockets and took about $90 in cash and an iPhone, according to court documents.
Allegedly, the officer later met with Noel who told the officer Holaday was involved along with a juvenile, the police report states.
The officer contacted Holaday who denied any involvement in the incident but did say his finger prints might be on the victim’s phone, according to court documents.