Torrington, Wyo. (Story by Denise Heilbrun-Ellis) September 30, 2020 — Torrington man Jaedan Trey Redder was sentenced in the Eighth Judicial District Court by the Honorable Judge Patrick Korrel on Tuesday afternoon.
Redder pleaded guilty to possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangering in a plea deal with the State of Wyoming.
Redder’s attorney Christopher Humphrey told Korell that his client has done everything asked of him, and that he has observed (Redder) going above and beyond anything he has seen before in a client of being a defense attorney for 20 years to redeem himself.
Five letters in support of Redder were given to Korell from co-workers and family, seeing the change in him. It was also disclosed that Redder is bi-polar and had not been on medication at the time of the incident. But was on the meds now and was displaying appropriate behavior.
“He was more than a friend, he was like my brother,” Redder said. “I want to get together with him and let him know how I feel, and I would have, if it would have been for the bond conditions. I have set goals for myself and I know I can reach them.”
The victim, Austen Peters, did not appear in court but had written a letter. It was not read in open court.
Korell told Redder the letter does not state what he said in court.
“It tells a different story,” Korell said. “Pointing a gun at his head and then it accidently went off? The court wasn’t there. So, I can’t say. The accounting of the events is much different than what I’ve heard here today.
“Mr. Redder you are lucky to have this opportunity – not many in your situation would be getting this kind of plea deal,” Korell said. “The State and this court believe in the second amendment, but you abused it.”
“The court does not take gun violence lightly,” he added. “This incident could have come out a lot differently with either you or the victim.”
Korell agreed to the plea deal and gave him three years’ probation on the first count, and one-year incarceration (suspended), with credit for the three months already served. So, in all, Korell said, four years’ probation. Redder was told he needs to pay $300 VCF, $40 court costs and $75 for ASI report. He must set up a payment plan and adhere to that. He also needs to get with probation and parole and go by what they are setting up.
“You have to lead a law-abiding life,” he added. “You’re getting a tremendous opportunity and I hope you take advantage of it.”