Supreme Court Hears Appeal in Life Sentence Case of Buffalo Man

The Wyoming Supreme Court must decide whether to grant a new trial to a Johnson County man serving six life sentences without parole for the sexual abuse of children. Last year, a jury found 34-year-old Michael Allan Lindstrom of Buffalo guilty of multiple sex crimes against children and other offenses. District Judge William Edelman sentenced Lindstrom in January.

On Tuesday, attorney Kirk Morgan with the Wyoming Public Defender's Office urged the state supreme court to grant Lindstrom a new trial. He says prosecutors violated Lindstrom's right to a fair trial by mentioning Lindstrom had panties belonging to women and girls in his apartment that were not linked to the case. In response to the request, Assistant Attorney General Caitlin Frances Young urged the court to uphold Lindstrom's convictions. She said mentioning the panties did not change the outcome of the trial.

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