Wyoming digest

Mar 12, 2014 The Associated Press

Gingery retiring from Legislature

JACKSON -- Republican State Rep. Keith Gingery of Jackson says he won't seek re-election.

The five-term veteran legislator says he will leave the Wyoming Legislature after his term expires at the end of this year. He represents House District 23.

Gingery says he wants to spend more time with his family and less time driving back and forth to Cheyenne.

Gingery is deputy Teton County attorney and is currently chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Gingery says he's proud of his work rewriting the state's laws on sexual assault against children.

He authored a bill in 2011 that allows police to take forced blood samples from people suspected of driving while drunk. The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the law.

Prosecutors argue for death sentence

CHEYENNE -- Prosecutors are asking for the death penalty for a Cheyenne man convicted of killing two people and critically wounding a third.

During the opening of the penalty phase of Nathaniel Castellanos's trial Monday, special prosecutor Michael Schafer said Castellanos's killing of 25-year-old Megan McIntosh was "especially atrocious and cruel." He said McIntosh raised her hand to defend herself and pleaded with him but he shot her in the head.

Jurors must be convinced of the presence of at least one aggravating factor -- something that increases the cruelty of a crime -- in order to sentence a defendant to death.

Defense lawyer Tina Olson told jurors that she respects the jury's decision to convict Castellanos but she said they don't have to sentence him to death.

Feds accept bid for Jackson land

JACKSON -- Bridger-Teton National Forest officials say they have accepted a $12 million bid for a 10-acre property the U.S. Forest Service has had on the market in Jackson.

Forest officials aren't identifying the buyer but say it is an "entity with local ties."

News of the deal comes four months after a previous purchase deal fell through.

Forest officials plan to use the sale proceeds to replace an administrative building located on a 5-acre tract next to the parcel up for sale.

The Forest Service plans to begin constructing the new administrative building in 2015.

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