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Apr 24, 2013 - The Associated Press
New sentencing for Sheridan teen
CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Supreme Court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for one of the teenagers involved in the 2009 home invasion killing of a Sheridan businessman.
Wednesday's court opinion upholds the convictions of Dharminder Vir Sen.
But the court determined that Sen's sentence of life without parole was improper under a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court prohibiting mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders.
Sen was 15 when he and two other teenagers broke into the home of Robert Ernst in August 2009. Authorities say Sen was the triggerman in Ernst's fatal shooting.
The Wyoming Supreme Court last year vacated a life sentence for co-defendant Wyatt Bear Cloud on similar grounds.
Sheridan County Attorney Matt Redle says he expects Sen and Bear Cloud to be resentenced this fall.
Ex-hospital chief still missing
POWELL -- A fraud lawsuit against a former Powell health care CEO will proceed even though he's been missing since August.
Former Powell Valley Healthcare CEO Paul Cardwell is being prosecuted and sued for allegedly defrauding the company of nearly $848,000. He disappeared shortly before he was set to accept a plea deal.
Cardwell's two lawyers have been trying to pull out of the case. They've also argued that the company's management firm should have to prove that Cardwell fled before allowing the case to proceed. They say he could be dead or being held captive.
Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman ruled that the circumstances indicate that Cardwell is trying to avoid being prosecuted or being sued and the lawyers must continue to represent him.
New Guard center planned for Afton
CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Army National Guard is planning to build a 30,000-square-foot armory near Star Valley High School in Afton.
The new readiness center will replace a 1950's-era complex and provide Lincoln County with key structures in case of a disaster.
The current armory lacks the space for the large trucks, boats and bridging equipment used by the soldiers of the 1041st Engineer Company that are based at the Afton armory.
Guard officials say the $13.6 million center will be designed to withstand earthquakes. Construction is scheduled to begin in September and be done by January 2015.
Plans are that Lincoln County would take over the older armory.
Felon accused of voting illegally
GILLETTE -- A Wyoming woman is accused of voting in two presidential elections, even though she couldn't as a convicted felon.
Judith Christine Phillips faces two counts each of deceiving a registration official and knowingly voting while not entitled to do so.
Elections officials say Phillips registered on Election Day 2008 and then voted. The Campbell County elections clerk says that after every voter's name was later run through a database to check for felons, elections officials learned Phillips was convicted in 2003 of forgery.