Two Plead Not Guilty in District Court
A man and a woman charged with felonies each pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Albany County District Court.
James Michael Williams, 41, is charged with one count of theft and one count of wrongful taking or disposing of property. If convicted on both charges, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Court documents say that a Laramie Police detective sought Williams in connection with the alleged theft of four generators from Centennial Woods on July 4 and July 5, 2015.
An officer reviewed security video of the incident and advised the rest of the department to be on the lookout for a maroon Chevrolet pickup allegedly used to steal the equipment.
Just before 1 a.m. on July 7, another officer stopped the vehicle in the 1500 block of Snowy Range Road. As he approached the driver, the pickup sped off. After a lengthy pursuit involving officers from five law enforcement agencies in which the pickup reached speeds of over 100 mph, police gave up the chase as Williams drove north through a field near Medicine Bow.
Although no suspect was apprehended, police did recover a cell phone that had fallen from the vehicle during the pursuit. After obtaining a search warrant, police were able to use the phone to get in touch with Williams' mother and other acquaintances, including a man to whom he'd reportedly tried to sell the generators.
Williams' trial is set for April 12-13. Judge Jeffrey Donnell set his bond at $10,000 cash.
Angela Krei, 23, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of forgery. She could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
Krei was arrested after police responded to a civil standby on Oct. 20, 2015. According to the affidavit, a witness told a police officer that Krei had written and cashed checks on the witness's account without their authorization. The witness also said they were missing two checkbooks from two different accounts.
The officer found a total of five checks written on the witness's account that were not written by authorized account users.
Court documents say the checks were written at the Laramie Walmart and a Loaf-n-Jug. An attendant at that Loaf-n-Jug identified Krei as the woman captured on surveillance footage filling out a check on Oct. 14. Krei allegedly admitted in a police interview that she did not have permission to sign the witness's checks.
Krei's trial is scheduled for April 12-13. Her $10,000 signature bond has been posted and was continued by Judge Donnell on Tuesday.