Two Wyoming shootout suspects plead guilty

Two Craig suspects pleaded guilty earlier this month to criminal charges stemming from a robbery and shootout with police in Casper, Wyo.

James Gore and Steven Liljedahl pleaded guilty in Natrona County District Court to conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, accessory and/or aiding and abetting a robbery and aiding and abetting stolen property during hearings on May 18 and 22, respectively.

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A Natrona County Court Clerk said the guilty pleas were part of a plea agreement with the Natrona County District Attorney.

The prosecutor dismissed a conspiracy to commit murder charge against Gore and Liljedahl.

A pre-sentencing report was ordered and is being prepared for both suspects, the clerk said.

Gore and Liljedahl are two of the six suspects who allegedly burglarized several Moffat County businesses late last year. Authorities said the suspects then crossed the state line into Wyoming, where they attempted to rob a bar before exchanging gunfire with police while trying to flee.

Four of the six are juveniles.

One of the adult accomplices, Michael Garren, was scheduled to be sentenced May 25. However, his hearing was continued.

Garren pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit murder.

The other adult suspect, Paul Martin Howell, is slated for a July 9 trial. He is charged with attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder.

A Natrona County clerk said sentencing hearings for several of the suspects who have pleaded guilty could be delayed until after the Howell trial. Some of the suspects are expected to be called to testify against Howell, who authorities believe to be the ring leader.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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