Larkins Sentenced in District Court

19-year-old Riley Larkins was sentenced in District Court Thursday. (SCSO photo)
19-year-old Riley Larkins was sentenced in District Court Thursday. (SCSO photo)

A sentencing hearing that lasted over two hours was held Thursday morning in 4th Judicial District Court for 19-year-old Riley Larkins of Sheridan.

In May of this year, Larkins was charged with two counts of Felony Aggravated Assault for discharging a firearm at a vehicle occupied by Derek Berretinni and Terrance McDougal of Sheridan.

The prosecution called Wyoming DCI Special Agent Lloyd Young to the stand to explain his part in documenting the four bullet holes that he'd found on the victim's vehicle.

The Defense called one witness to the stand, Angela Rae Larkins, who is the defendant's mother. She testified that Riley grew up not knowing his biological father and that his behavioral problems began as early as the age of three.

Angela Larkins also revealed that her son has been diagnosed with having a folic acid gene mutation that most likely has played a role in his behavioral problem. She stated that since taking medication for the condition, she's noticed a marked improvement in her son's behavior.

During closing remarks, Prosecuting Attorney Matt Redle stated to the Court that Larkins has, time and time again, displayed violent behavior and that his violent nature is basically a part of who he is.

Defense Attorney Hardy Tate closed by saying that his client did indeed admit to firing two shots at the vehicle, but that he only intended to scare the two individuals, not to harm them.

Prior to handing down Larkin's sentence, District Court Judge John Fenn said that nothing keeps him up at night more than having to send a 19-year-old to prison.

Fenn then sentenced Larkins to serve 2 to 4 years in prison for one count of aggravated assault and 6 to 8 years on the other count. The 6 to 8 year sentence was suspended in lieu of 5 years of supervised probation once Larkins is done serving his prison sentence on the first count.

Larkins must also pay $2,897 in restitution that will be split with his co-defendant in the case Jamison Finley, who's not yet been sentenced.

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