Laramie man changes plea

A Laramie man pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary Friday in Albany County District Court, stemming from a call the University of Wyoming Police Department received in October regarding a possible burglary to a vehicle.

Logan Strayer, 18, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, one count of attempted burglary and one count of wrongful taking or disposing of property. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at his Nov. 16 arraignment.

At Strayer’s change of plea hearing, prosecuting attorney Kurt Britzius said Strayer was offered a plea deal, where the other charges could be dropped if he pleaded guilty to the aggravated burglary charge. The plea deal would also recommend Strayer attend the Wyoming Department of Corrections Youthful Offender, or boot camp, and pay full restitutions.

According to the police report, a University of Wyoming Police officer responded to call regarding a burglary near a vehicle around 3:50 a.m. Oct. 12, an apartment complex at the 2500 block of Willet Drive. When the officer arrived, he found a vehicle with its rear driver side window broken and a piece of wood that appeared to be used to break the window, court documents state.

The officer approached the vehicle and saw two people inside who immediately fled in different directions, court documents state. One of the individuals was apprehended by the officer near the UW Arena-Auditorium and was later identified as Strayer, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

In an interview with a Laramie Police Department detective, Strayer said he and another individual, identified as Joseph McGriff, broke into multiple vehicles and took firearms and miscellaneous items, according to court documents. Allegedly, he and McGriff brought the stolen weapons into the trunk of McGriff’s car and disposed of the weapons in a field near the 2100 block of Beaufort, the police report states.

Upon receiving this information, an LPD officer went to the location and found a hunting bag and pack reported stolen from a vehicle located in the apartment parking lot, according to court documents.

The UWPD contacted McGriff who allegedly said he disposed of the firearms in Spring Creek and provided him with the exact location of the weapons. The officer then went to the location and found multiple weapons and ammunition reported stolen from the vehicles in the parking lot, court documents state.

According to information provided by the Department of Corrections, the Youthful Offender Program helps inmates younger than 25 by providing them with physical, educational and therapeutic programs to help them reintegrate with society. Inmates that graduate from the course could receive sentence reductions, the department states.

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