- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Natrona County District Judge has rejected a plea deal for a 68-year-old Casper man accused of shooting and killing another man last year.

Charlie Mapp pleaded guilty in February to voluntary manslaughter for killing 28-year-old Richard Abeyta.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1LdeO4t ) that Judge Thomas Sullins on Monday called the August shooting a serious crime involving “extreme violence” and rejected the agreed-upon sentence. The agreement would have put Mapp in prison for eight years.

As a result of the judge’s decision, Mapp re-entered a not guilty plea to manslaughter.

The District Attorney’s office can file a motion to try more serious charges against Mapp. Prosecutors originally charged Mapp with second-degree murder, which carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years to life.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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