Torrington, Wyo. (Story by Denise Heilbrun-Ellis) August 30, 2021 — Following a mental evaluation at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, Torrington resident Sean Logan Pettus, who is charged with the murder of Madison Cook in April appeared before Eighth Judicial District Judge Patrick Korell and pleaded to a plea agreement where he pleaded no contest “Nolo Contendere” to the amended charge of Count I Murder in the second degree.
He then pleaded guilty to first degree arson, felony theft, and two burglary charges.
Pettus was being represented public defenders Eric Palen and David McDonald.
Murder in the second degree; penalty which is explained as purposely and maliciously, but without premeditation, kills any human being is guilty of murder in the second degree, and shall be imprisoned in the for any term not less than 20 years to life.
Before the plea deal was reached Pettus had asked for another mental evaluation, but the honorable Judge Patrick Korell refused the request.
With the plea agreement there will be no trial.
Pettus was remanded to deputies and will have his pre-sentencing investigation on Nov. 15, at 1:30 p.m.