(Wyo)-Gov Mansion Armed Intruder Makes First Court Appearance
photo - Mead Gruver/AP
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The man accused of breaking into the Wyoming Governor's Residence in Cheyenne armed with a hunting knife early Tuesday morning while the governor and his family were home made his first court appearance on Thursday.
35-year-old Antoine Lewis attended Laramie County Circuit Court through a video teleconference from the county jail and requested a court-appointed attorney.
Circuit Judge Denise Nau set a preliminary hearing for March 15 on charges of felony aggravated burglary and misdemeanor criminal entry. Bail was set at $15,000 cash.
When Lewis entered the Governor's Residence, he triggered a fire alarm around 1:40 that resulted in both police and firefighters responding. Officers found him hiding in a bathroom.
According to arrest affidavits, Lewis pointed a hunting knife at the officers before he was arrested, then told investigators he'd been chased onto the property and had set off the alarm to get help.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is in charge of the governor's security and says surveillance footage doesn't support the claim.
Investigators also say in the affidavits that Lewis told them he'd told his his employer the day before that if he were to steal from people, he would target the rich because they have insurance.
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