Hepner to serve 12-15 years for his role in mid-May aggravated burglary

(Lander, Wyo.) – Bow Hepner, 34, of Casper, who pleaded guilty to Aggravated Burglary in connection to a May home invasion outside of Lander, has been sentenced to 12-15 years in prison. He was given 107 days credit for time previously served.

Hepner made his plea back in June pursuant to a plea agreement. He declined to give any comment to the court this afternoon; the victims involved were present but also declined to speak.

Fremont County and Prosecuting Attorney Michael Bennett explained why his office did not pursue a “habitual criminal” qualification which could have landed Hepner in prison for life. Noting that Hepner had been in and out of prison for numerous felonies since he was 18, Bennett said none of the sentences had been lengthy, thereby denying the Department of Corrections any reasonable time to rehabilitate Hepner.

Bennett said it will be up to Hepner to participate in any correctional programs while serving his lengthy sentence. “There is nothing more pathetic than an old con,” he said.

Young also offered no additional comment on the sentence, only saying that he accepted the agreement “after some thought.” He wished Hepner good luck.

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