Death penalty won't be sought in hammer killing

Jun 6, 2017 From staff reports

Fremont County Attorney Pat LeBrun will not try for the death penalty in his prosecution of Florin Brandon Wyatt, who admitted to killing Riverton man Keith Stephenson with a claw hammer in March.

Instead, LeBrun has said the maximum sentence he might seek is life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Dan Caldwell, who heads the public defender's office in Lander, had asked LeBrun to make a decision by June 3 because of the effect a potential death penalty prosecution could have on preparations for trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 25.

Caldwell's office does not have any attorneys certified to handle death penalty cases.

While living in a bedroom in Stephenson's basement, Wyatt killed the 56-year-old with a claw hammer and then fled Riverton.

After his arrest, Wyatt told police that Stephenson had tried to kick him out of the house March 2. He told officers he also shot Stephenson after the hammer attack.

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