Man faces jail time for multiple domestic battery convictions


Aug 28 — CHEYENNE – A man accused of beating a woman in an argument pleaded guilty in Laramie County District Court on Monday.

Gabriel Anthony Roybal pleaded guilty to a felony of domestic violence, a third or subsequent offense within 10 years, under a plea deal. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a fine of $ 2,000, or both.

According to the agreement, three misdemeanor charges – two protection order violations and one charge of destruction of property – will be dismissed in sentencing, along with a usual criminal amelioration, which can be applied if a person was convicted of two or more crimes.

Following his guilty plea, Roybal’s probation was revoked in a previous domestic battery case. He pleaded guilty in August 2018 to the same count, domestic battery felony, third or subsequent offense within 10 years. In this case, the state will advocate for the underlying sentence of two to four years in prison, although Roybal and his lawyer may argue for a different provision.

In the most recent case, the state, Roybal and his lawyer agreed to three years of supervised probation with a suspended sentence of four to five years in jail. If the sentencing recommendation is followed, Roybal would serve the three years of probation after serving his prison sentence for the 2018 domestic battery case.

Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell set Roybal’s sentence on November 15.

At approximately 10:16 p.m. on October 11, a Cheyenne police officer responded to a domestic physical disturbance. One woman reported that Roybal, who she said was heavily drunk, came to the residence around 9:30 p.m. after going there earlier in the day and started arguing with the woman, court documents show. Roybal pushed the woman away, threw her to the ground and then started punching her in the face. The woman tried to retaliate, but couldn’t and yelled at Roybal to stop. Roybal then hit his head on the ground.

The woman fled to her bedroom, where she locked the door and called a friend, according to court documents. When she heard Roybal leave, the woman saw that furniture in her living room had been thrown and turned over, and several items had been thrown.

The woman and her son had a protection order against Roybal, according to court documents. The woman said Roybal also visited the residence earlier today with her and her son.


Heard Thursday before the district court:

Travis Patrick Garton has pleaded guilty to aggravated bodily harm with a deadly weapon, a felony, under a plea deal. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $ 10,000, or both.

The state, Garton and his lawyer agreed to three years of supervised probation with a suspended sentence of three to five years in prison.

Judge Peter Froelicher has set Garton’s sentence for November 18.

On November 20, a Cheyenne police officer responded to a report of serious assault at Wyoming Motel, 1401 W. Lincolnway. A woman said her husband, Garton, had followed her to this location in his car after becoming angry with her at their home, court documents show.

Garton then wedged the woman between her front bumper and the driver’s side door, with the woman’s knee pushed hard enough against the car door to dent it, according to court documents. A witness said he saw the woman’s leg trapped between the cars and the rear wheels of Garton’s truck were spinning. The woman had visible bruising and swelling on her knee.

Also heard on Thursday before the tribunal de grande instance:

Danny Kay Rogers made a clear plea of ​​criminal animal cruelty and criminal interference with an injured peace officer as part of a plea deal. The animal cruelty charge carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison, a fine of $ 5,000 or both, and interference charges can go up to 10 years, a fine of $ 10,000 or both.

The state, Rogers and his lawyer agreed to three years of supervised probation, with a suspended sentence of up to four years in prison.

Judge Catherine Rogers has set the man’s sentence for November 22.

On December 17, 2019, a Laramie County Sheriff‘s Assistant responded to the 300 block of Montalto Drive for a reported threat. A woman said her ex-boyfriend, Rogers, threatened to kill the family cat, threatened her father and kidnapped her nephew, of whom she had full custody, court documents show.

When the deputy first went to the house, Rogers did not open the door. The woman later called the deputy and said her friend had entered the apartment, only to find it in ruins. The cat was locked in the bathroom with its tail cut off, court documents show. The cat was taken to a veterinarian and the deputy took pictures of the animal actively bleeding and the tail severed.

When Rogers was finally located late that day, he began swinging at MPs, hitting one on the side of the face, according to court documents. After being pushed to the ground, he continued to punch the deputy until an electronic control device was used to overpower him.

Hannah Black is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle criminal justice reporter. She can be reached at [email protected] or 307-633-3128. Follow her on Twitter at @hannahcblack.


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