A Laramie man awaiting trial in the Albany County Detention Center for domestic battery and strangulation charges pleaded guilty to property destruction in Albany County District Court yesterday.

Corey Connors, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of property destruction and agreed to pay restitution, in exchange the state will recommend to the court that the second count of property destruction be reduced to a misdemeanor and will recommend a split sentence.

District Court Judge Tori Kricken reminded Connors that he would not be able to retract his guilty plea if the court should decide to reject the plea agreement during sentencing.

According to court documents, on June 3, an Albany County Sheriff’s deputy assigned to the detention center noticed one of the windows in the recreational room in the center was cracked in multiple places. Two inmates told the deputy that Connors had punched the window, causing it to crack.

The deputy watched security videos of the area around the time the inmates said Connors had broken the window. The footage showed Connors walking into the recreational room at about 5:30 p.m. the day the window was broken. The video shows inmates reacting to something happening off-camera and then Connors left the recreational room, appearing to be upset, court documents state. Connors admitted to punching the window in the recreational room in an interview.

On June 5, another deputy noticed that a window in a cell in the detention center was broken. An inmate told the deputy that Connors had broken that window as well. Another inmate said Connors had broken that window the day before he had broken the window in the recreational room, which was June 2, court documents state.

The cost of repairing the window in the recreational room was estimated at $4,700 and the cost of repairing the window in the cell was in excess of $1,000, according to the affidavit.

Connors will be sentenced pending a pre-sentence investigation.

Connors was arrested in May on charges of strangulation of a household member and domestic battery, third or subsequent offense. His trial for those charges is scheduled for Nov. 16.


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