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Teen pleads not guilty in store crash
Mar 22, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer
A 17-year-old Ethete boy accused of stealing a car and plowing nearly 300 feet through Riverton's Walmart in January has pleaded not guilty to charges against him.
Wearing a dark blue jail jumpsuit, Donovan James Shakespeare entered his pleas during his arraignment March 15 in Lander's 9th District Court.
Prosecutors charged Shakespeare with felony larceny and two counts of felony property destruction, as well as one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence, reckless endangering and reckless driving.
He faces up to 30 years in prison and $30,000 in fines if convicted of the felonies against him. The misdemeanors carry a combined maximum punishment of two years in jail and $1,500 in fines.
District Judge Norman E. Young set Shakespeare's jury trial for Aug. 6. The teen remains in jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond set by Riverton Circuit Judge Wesley A. Roberts.
Police arrested Shakespeare after he allegedly stole a gray Chevrolet Cobalt and drove it through a front entrance at the store on North Federal Boulevard at about 4:17 a.m. Jan. 21.
Shakespeare allegedly drove 282 feet, nearly to the store's rear electronics section, causing upward of $100,000 in damage to the business and its merchandise while totaling the car, authorities reported.
A blood-alcohol test at the Riverton Police Department showed the teen's blood-alcohol content was allegedly .17, more than twice the state's legal limit (.08), according to charging
Shakespeare allegedly came within 4 feet of hitting one bystander, according to court documents. No one was hurt in the crash.
Minutes before the crash, Shakespeare allegedly stole the car that had been idling at an apartment complex on Eagle Drive near Central Wyoming College. He allegedly took the car just before its owners put their child into the warming-up vehicle, according to court documents.
Employees identified Shakespeare as the driver who left the vehicle and ran toward the store's automotive department, according to Matoon's affidavit.
A store employee and a police officer outside the store detained Shakespeare, who allegedly smelled of alcohol and required help to walk without falling down.