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Woman sentenced to prison for abuse

 

February 17, 2021



GREEN RIVER (Wyoming News Exchange) — A Rock Springs woman was sentenced to prison on Thursday afternoon after pleading no contest to second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Kaila Marie Krotzer received a seven- to 10-year prison sentence during a change of plea and argued sentencing hearing before Judge Suzannah Robinson in Sweetwater County District Court.

Krotzer was originally charged with two felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor as well as two related misdemeanor charges. In a plea agreement, Krotzer pleaded no contest to second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, and the remaining charges were dismissed.

As part of the plea agreement, the prosecution recommended an eight- to 10-year prison sentence, and the defense was allowed to argue for a lesser sentence or probation.

The original charges against Krotzer stem from several incidents in March 2020. The charge she pleaded to involved sexual abuse of an intoxicated 14-year-old male in her care after driving him to a bonfire in an uninhabited area of Sweetwater County. Krotzer was 30 years old at the time.

Judge Robinson said one of the mitigating factors in the case was the remorse expressed by Krotzer.

“It’s not often that a defendant apologizes and means it, and I think you did,” Robinson told her. “I think it came from the heart, and you recognize this has damaged many people.”

 

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