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By Seth Romsa
Staff Writer 

Ten Sleep man charged with bringing deadly weapon into Washakie County Jail


January 16, 2020

WORLAND –Michael L. Burrington Jr. was bound over from Fifth Judicial District Circuit Court to district court on one felony charge of taking a deadly weapon into jail and a misdemeanor of wearing or carrying a concealed weapon for an incident that occurred on Dec. 9, 2019.

Burrington was bound over from circuit court to district court on Jan. 2, with no date set in district court for his arraignment at this time.

The charge of taking a deadly weapon into jail carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, while the misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine of $750.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Burrington was arrested after an altercation on Dec. 9, 2019, at the Big Horn Bar located in Ten Sleep.

According to the affidavit, the altercation escalated when Burrington allegedly pulled out a .41 magnum revolver on two individuals in the bar. Around 30 minutes after the initial incident, officers arrived at the bar and placed Burrington in hand cuffs and did an initial pat down to search for weapons on his person which resulted in no weapon being discovered.

According to the affidavit, dispatch informed the arresting officers that Burrington had bond conditions that prohibited him from “consuming, possessing or entering a place that primarily sold alcohol.”

After learning the information, according to the affidavit, officers inspected Burrington again, but again did not locate a weapon. After they reviewed dash cam footage, officers noticed that when either officer got near the weapon, Burrington would “turn to the side and would ask questions as a form of distraction.”

After being booked into the Washakie County Detention Center, Burrington was searched in detail and the .41 magnum Ruger Blackhawk that was described earlier was discovered in his waistband in his lower back.

The revolver had five live rounds in the cylinder which were cleared and placed into evidence.

The affidavit noted that Burrington did not have a permit for a concealed weapon.


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