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Suspect arrested in 2010 assault

Posted: Monday, Jul 14th, 2014




PINEDALE – The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced Friday an arrest in an unsolved assault case from 2010. Brian James McDonald was arraigned in the Sublette County Circuit Court Monday afternoon on multiple charges related to the case.

The arrest comes almost exactly four years after the incident in which a young woman was beaten while asleep in her home. After similar attacks, including one in May of this year, speculation has risen as to whether the cases are connected.

Judge Curt Hawes read out five charges in front of a courtroom full of friends and family members of the victims. McDonald was charged with one count of attempted murder in the first degree, one count of attempted murder in the second degree, aggravated assault and battery, possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent and aggravated burglary. Attempted murder in the first degree is a capital felony, and if convicted, McDonald could face life in prison or the death penalty.

McDonald was first investigated in connection to the assault earlier this year. Detective Lance Gehlhausen’s affidavit states a UPS driver noticed McDonald had some injuries and wouldn’t go to the clinic, which the driver found suspicious. As the SCSO questioned McDonald and his wife further, investigators were able to draw a tighter connection between him and the May attack.

At some point during the investigation, the affidavit states, the suspect volunteered a DNA sample. Due to the similarities between the May case and the 2010 case, the sample was sent to the Wyoming Crime Lab for comparison with DNA found in a glove left at the scene four years ago.

On July 10, a crime lab employee called the SCSO confirming McDonald’s DNA was a match to that found in the glove.

For the complete article see the 07-15-2014 issue.

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