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Guilty plea entered in aggravated assault; sentencing set for June

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne resident Cleophus Moore pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault and battery with serious bodily injury. Moore’s plea agreement with the state includes a recommendation for a three- to five-year sentence, suspended for three years of probation.

Additionally, prosecutors will drop a charge of simple battery as part of the deal. Moore is currently set a $5,000 bond, 10% cash, until his sentencing on June 13.

The case against Moore started after Officer Rodgers of the Cheyenne Police Department was dispatched to a domestic disturbance call in the early hours of Dec. 24, 2023. Initially, the victim denied any wrongdoing by Moore. Moore returned after the police left and slapped and strangled the victim until she lost consciousness, according to police documents.

Eyewitnesses corroborated the victim’s account, noting they saw Moore strangle the victim in a bedroom until she was unconscious. Their testimonies painted a vivid picture of the violence that unfolded, and expressed fear for the victim’s life should Moore return.

Following the victim’s and witnesses’ statements, police located Moore hiding in a vacant basement apartment, unauthorized and claiming innocence. A small scratch on his face suggested a struggle had taken place, hinting at the defensive actions the victim may have taken during the assault.


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