Alleged Hatchet Attacker Sentenced

by Xavier Walton, 
The man accused of attacking another man with a knife and hatchet in July of last year was sentenced Tuesday in district court. Robert Broyles received 4-5 years in prison with the possibility to spend the next 3 years at Casper's Re-entry Center if accepted into the program. 
In a final statement, Broyles not only apologized to the judge, but to the entire state of Wyoming. Following the apology, he went onto to say it's not going to happen again. 
On July 4th of last year, Broyles and another man got in an altercation in Morad Park, where Broyles allegedly attacked the man with a hatchet. 
Broyles, who was originally looking at life in prison for a second degree murder charge, later entered an Alford plea. With the plea, prosecutors dropped other charges and changed the second degree murder charge to possession of a deadly weapon. 
An Alford plea carries the same consequences of entering a guilty plea, but not admitting to the facts of the case. 
Since the incident, Broyles has maintained his innocence. 
Broyles is to remain in the Natrona County jail until after the decision is made by Caspers Re-entry Program.