Life Sentence Upheld for Sheridan Teen
The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence of a Sheridan teenager convicted in a home invasion murder. Dennis Poitra was one of three teens involved in the murder of Sheridan businessman Robert Ernst.
The high court rejected Poitra's claim that his constitutional rights were violated. His lawyers argued that Poitra was unable to control his behavior, because he had taken an anti-psychotic medication shortly before the killing.
They also claimed that Poitra did not get a fair trial in Sheridan, because of the heavy publicity surrounding the case.
Poitra was 19 at the time of the murder.