Change of plea hearing cancelled

 


A change of plea hearing for Jacob Anglesey, 35, was cancelled Friday morning after the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office and Anglesey were unable to reach a plea agreement.

People had filed into the main courtroom and waited for the hearing, scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday. After a few moments, Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe, dressed in street clothing, stepped into the courtroom to speak with some members of the audience.

“There’s a reason I’m dressed like this,” he told the group.

Erramouspe said a plea agreement could not be reached.

Anglesey, a Green River Police officer, was charged with the first-degree murder of Konnor Allen, a 2-year-old boy, in 2009. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 26 at 1:30 p.m.

The Case

Anglesey, was placed on administrative leave, after he was indicted for a first-degree murder charge Feb. 3, 2016, in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James in front of a grand jury.

At that time, the jury convened to determine whether or not there was enough probable cause to charge Anglesey with first-degree murder, which stemmed from Allen’s 2009 death. Allen was the son of Phylicia Rasdall and Corry Allen.

The jury trial was scheduled to take place in February of 2017, but Anglesey requested the trial date be continued. His request was granted by Third District Court Judge Richard Lavery. The jury trial is now scheduled to start Sept. 11, 2017, at 9 a.m.


In an article titled “Child’s death under investigation,” in The Green River Star’s March 18, 2009, edition, “The male child, Allen, had suffered a head injury and was transported by ambulance to the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County; and subsequently Life Flighted to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Allen died from the injury. An autopsy was conducted by the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office.”

The article also states, the person reporting the accident was an off-duty police officer who was at the residence at the time of Allen’s injury. This officer was later identified as Anglesey. In 2009, Anglesey reported that the child was injured in a fall.

According to information released by the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office, after the incident, the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office was notified and they contacted the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct an investigation. DCI presented its initial findings to a special prosecutor, requested by then Sweetwater County Attorney Brett Johnson, and appointed by the Sweetwater County Commissioners on March 12, 2009. After reviewing the investigation, the appointed special prosecutor declined to initiate charges, but the case remained open with DCI.


In 2015, DCI agents presented their findings and expert reports to Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe, the release states. The investigation presented alleged inconsistent statements from Anglesey as to the cause of Allen’s injuries, and the medical exam report. Also included were medical reports citing the injuries to Allen were caused by non-accidental trauma.

Anglesey, who worked at the GRPD for years, was best known as the police department’s K-9 handler.

 

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