Cardine pleads no contest to terroristic threats charge

(Lander, Wyo.) – The man charged with terroristic threats against people at the Wyoming Life Resource Center pleaded no contest to the crime this afternoon.

John Joseph Cardine pleaded no contest to Terroristic Threats and guilty to Property Destruction. Per a plea agreement, Cardine will receive a suspended 2-3 year prison sentence, and he will serve three years of supervised probation. Along with his probation, he is to receive a full psychological evaluation and participate in any inpatient treatment and aftercare deemed appropriate.

Ninth District Court Judge Norman E. Young accepted Cardine’s pleas and conditionally accepted the agreement. He will make a final decision on the agreement following a pre-sentence investigation.

Cardine was not required to give testimony to substantiate his no contest plea; however the information provided in the affidavit was included as the factual basis for the plea. For the property destruction guilty plea, Cardine admitted to jamming an awl into the top of a table and damaging a soap dispenser when his face hit while he was turning a corner.

Young also allowed for Cardine to no longer wear an ankle monitor. Both his attorney, Kate Strike, and Deputy County Attorney Tom Madjic said that Cardine had been very responsible and went out of his way to comply in ways that others probably wouldn’t. Cardine remains under his other bond conditions until sentencing is imposed at a later date.