Lawyers For Former Albany County Attorney Ask For Dismissal of Charges
Lawyers for the former top prosecutor in Albany County are asking a District Judge to dismiss criminal charges against him.
Lawyers for former Albany County Prosecutor Richard Bohling are asking District Judge John R. Perry of Gillette to dismiss the charges against Bohling if the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office cannot show it has standing to prosecute.
In April, Bohling pleaded not guilty to six felony and three misdemeanor charges.
Bohling faces four felony counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses, one felony count of Wrongful Taking or Disposing of Property and one felony count of Submitting False Vouchers.
Obtaining Property by False Pretenses is punishable of up to ten years imprisonment, up to a $10,000 fine, or both. Wrongful Taking or Disposing of Property is also punishable of up to ten years imprisonment, up to a $10,000, or both. Submitting False Vouchers is punishable of up to two years imprisonment, up to a $2,000 fine, or both.
Misdemeanor charges include Official Misconduct, Wrongful Appropriation of Public Property, and Misuse of Office.
The charges stem from allegations that Bohling misused county funds to purchase thousands of dollars in cameras, electronics, camera equipment, and other items for his own use.
Bohling’s lawyers are also asking District Judge Perry to suppress evidence, claiming state investigators didn't follow court rules in executing a search warrant in April 2014.
The Attorney General's Office has not filed responses to the requests yet.
The Associated Press reports that lawyers for Bohling and the state declined comment.
Bohling was first elected into the office in 2002. He did not seek re-election in 2014.