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Suspect in Cheyenne shooting takes plea deal, pleads guilty to accessory after the fact

(Photo from the Laramie County Sheriff's Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The second of three suspects connected to a shooting near Frontier Mall on Jan. 9, 2023, has pleaded guilty.

Cody Nicholson, 18, signed a plea deal on July 25 and pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact. He will be sentenced to two to three years’ imprisonment. He will also be required to participate in a Youth Offender Program through the Wyoming Department of Corrections.

Nicholson was arrested along with Tirso Munguia, 19, and Sarah Heath, 26, in relation to a fatal shooting in January.

On Monday, Jan. 9 at about 6 p.m., Cheyenne Police Department officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the area of Frontier Mall at 1400 Dell Range Blvd. Responding officers secured the area and found a 16-year-old female victim with an apparent gunshot wound. Medical personnel declared her deceased, police said.

Officers learned that four people were traveling in a vehicle together at the time of the incident. The suspects, Munguia and Nicholson, were seated in the back, while the victim and another female were
seated in the front.

According to statements, Munguia and Nicholson were handling a firearm while the group was
traveling on Dell Range Boulevard. Munguia reportedly fired the gun, striking the female victim
in the front passenger seat. The vehicle pulled over and Nicholson fled on foot with the firearm.

The driver then proceeded to the Frontier Mall parking lot and placed a call to 911.

With the help of tips from community members, Nicholson was found and taken into custody without incident. Munguia was arrested later.

The teenage girl, who has not been identified, was a student at Triumph High School, according to Laramie County School District 1. In a Tuesday statement acknowledging the loss, the district said it is deploying its grief team to assist fellow students.


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