GILLETTE, Wyo. — A Gillette man convicted of second-murder in the fatal shooting of an acquaintance on Thanksgiving Day could get a new trial after prosecutors agreed the jury at his initial trial was given erroneous instructions.
The Gillette News Record reports (http://bit.ly/2c78pNo ) Todd Sindelar was sentenced to 48 years in prison for the Nov. 28, 2013, death of Matthew Boyer. He was arrested in South Dakota after a high-speed chase.
The 24-year-old man appealed his sentence, claiming prosecutors wrongly instructed the jury to consider Sindelar’s flight from the state after the killing.
Sindelar’s attorneys argued that a 2002 Supreme Court decision classifies a “flight instruction” as a reversible error.
The state Attorney General’s Office has sided with the defense on the issue and asked the court to reverse Sindelar’s conviction and sentence.
Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com