Wyoming Medical Center Shooter Gets 5-Year Probation Sentence

The Casper man who was convicted of walking into the Wyoming Medical Center emergency room last March and firing a handgun at two people will have his sentence changed to five years of intensive supervised probation, provided he graduates the Wyoming Honor Camp and Wyoming Boot Camp program on July 2.

Mitchell Darin Taylor appeared in Natrona County District Court via video conference on Tuesday where he had a 6- to 9-year prison sentence modified to five years of intensive supervised probation.

Taylor was also given a 12- to 24-month sentence for felony property destruction.

Prior to Tuesday’s hearing, boot camp officials wrote the court and said Taylor completed the program with only a few minor hiccups. Taylor appears to have taken responsibility for his actions in the letter.

“On the night of March 3, 2019 and early morning of March 4, 2019, I took a high dose of LSD. I drove to the hospital, went inside and got lost inside of a restricted area,” Taylor wrote. “I pulled out my firearm shortly before my first victim, Amy deskins, walked past me and in response I raised my weapon towards her. Soon after this, I began firing several shots both directly in front of me and down a hallway to my right.

“It was down the same hallway that my second victim, Paul Bettinger, had been standing. After several shots, I set my firearm down and wandered until I was found and arrested.”

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