Pretrial Conference Held for Basin Man Charged With Aggravated Assault and Battery

A pretrial conference was held Tuesday in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan for David Briscoe, who is charged with felony aggravated assault and battery. Briscoe was charged with the crime late last year for an incident that occurred in the parking lot of Taco Bell in Sheridan where Briscoe allegedly threatened an individual’s life after he pulled up his shirt to reveal a firearm in his waistband. A three-day jury trial that had been scheduled to begin on October 16 in District Court, was continued the morning the trial was set to start because of new information in the case that was obtained by the prosecution just days prior to the start of the trial.

During the last few days of trial prep in October, Sheridan County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christina White learned that the exact date the alleged crime occurred may have been different from what was originally part of the case. The new information caused the State to subpoena a new witness just before the start of the trial, which led to the trial being continued and reset for December 13. During Tuesday’s pretrial conference, two motions were addressed, one by the defense and one by the prosecution. The defense filed a motion to dismiss the case based on the right to a speedy trial deadline having passed due to the continuation of the trial. Both that motion and the prosecution’s motion of a notice of intent were taken under advisement by District Court Judge Fenn and will be ruled on in the immediate future. The charge of aggravated assault and battery is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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