- Associated Press - Monday, September 7, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Supreme Court has rejected an appeal filed by a Casper man who was sentenced to life in prison for attempted first-degree murder.

Zacharia Johnson argued the court incorrectly instructed the jury on the definition of “malice” and accepted insufficient evidence during his May 2014 trial.

Johnson was charged with breaking into Robert Masterson’s house in March 2013 and stabbing him multiple times. Jurors also found Johnson guilty of aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and conspiracy. Johnson was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Johnson was not prejudiced by the “malice” instruction. The court said the evidence was more than sufficient because Masterson identified Johnson as his attacker and that Johnson tried to cut Masterson’s throat, but the knife wasn’t sharp enough.

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

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