In 2011 Wyatt Bear Cloud, who was 17 at the time, was sentenced to life in prison for the home invasion killing of Robert Ernst of Sheridan. Dennis Poitra Jr. and Dharminder Vir Sen were also convicted of First Degree Murder after lengthy trials, however, Bear Cloud did not receive a trial, as he accepted a plea agreement from the State.
Due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year and subsequent change to Wyoming State law, both Bear Cloud and Sen will receive new sentences for their crimes. Bear Cloud will be resentenced Wednesday in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan. The State law that went into effect this past July states that juveniles convicted of First Degree Murder should be eligible for parole after 25 years.
Sen, who was responsible for shooting Mr. Ernst, received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. He will be resentenced in Fourth Judicial District in late October. Poitra Jr. also received a life without parole sentence, however, since he was over eighteen years of age when the crime was committed, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling nor the change to State law will have any bearing on his sentence, as he will spend the remainder of his life behind bars.