Kaufman enters no contest pleas in fatal rollover case

A Cheyenne man charged in the fatal rollover this past January that killed two Scottsbluff teenagers entered no contest pleas Monday morning before Goshen County District Judge Keith Kautz and is now back in the custody of the Goshen County Sheriff.

22 year old Ethan Kaufman pleaded to two counts of aggravated homicide by a vehicle in the deaths of Alexis Wheeler and Hallie Anderson. He also entered no contest pleas to charges of drunk driving causing serious bodily injury regarding two of the passengers, 19 year old Tyler Hill of Lyman and Stetson Allen of Morrill.

Goshen County Attorney Patrick Korell said that evidence and witness statements during Kaufman's preliminary hearing indicated the defendant was traveling 99 miles per hour, was legally intoxicated and was texting just prior to the January 9th accident on Highway 92 just west of Lyman past the Wyoming border.

His attorney, Public Defender Eric Palen, argued that Kaufman should remain free on a $50,000 bond because he had observed all the conditions of his bond agreement since the January accident. But Korrell cited the seriousness of the crimes, and the fact the sentence would likely include incarceration in telling the court that Kaufman should be in jail. Judge Kautz said the burden of the court had shifted a little bit with Kaufman's no contest pleas and revoked Kaufman's bond.

KNo sentencing date has been set as of yet but Kaufman could receive up to 60 years in prison.

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