Casper Man Gets Probation Because He’s Seeking Help, Has Employment
A Casper man was given a suspended prison sentence for child endangerment and drug possession because he has been seeking help for mental health issues and has a stable support system.
Ricardo Trevino instead will be placed on three years of supervised probation given he fulfills the requirements of probation, Natrona County District Court Judge Catherine Wilking said Friday.
Trevino was arrested in June after he allegedly threatened suicide, leading police to discover methamphetamine and other drugs inside an apartment where a child lived on Honeysuckle Street.
The person who reported the incident had been watching Trevino on Facebook Live and said he had a belt around his neck as well as a syringe full of bleach, which he was going to inject into his arm.
When police arrived, Trevino cracked the front door open and was slow to show officers his hands. When an officer explained the reason for the contact, Trevino said he was fine and before trying to slam the door shut.
Trevino ran up the stairs and into his room as two officers followed. The officers stopped at the top of the stairs to get Trevino's girlfriend and her son out of the apartment. Police then reportedly heard what they believed to be the sound of a firearm being loaded inside Trevino's room.
An officer spoke to Trevino through the door and eventually convinced him to let police inside. Trevino was quickly handcuffed, and no weapons were found on his person.
Friday, Assistant District Attorney Trevor Schenk recommended the suspended three- to five-year prison term because of the circumstances surrounding the crime, mental issues and childhood.
Trevino has been employed and has strong support from his friends and family, Schenk added.
Public Defender Joseph Cole agreed with the recommendation, adding that this case was unusual.
In handing down the sentence, Wilking encouraged him to follow the terms of probation, wished him well in seeking help. "You have good support."