Vidal Madera

Vidal Madera adds a net of Christmas lights to a bush in November 2017 on the property of the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site. Madera was killed four months later in a wreck on I-80.

An Albany County jury convicted a 48-year-old Kansas woman Wednesday of aggravated homicide by vehicle for the 2018 death of 57-year-old Laramie man Vidal Madera after apparently falling asleep behind the wheel.

A jury took only two hours to deliberate before returning a guilty verdict for Tonya Hightower, who faces a prison term of up to 20 years after a three-day trial this week in Albany County’s District Court.

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