Appeal from the District Court of Sweetwater County. The Honorable Richard L. Lavery, Judge.
Representing Appellant: Office of the State Public Defender: Diane M. Lozano, State Public Defender; Tina N. Olson, Chief Appellate Counsel; David E. Westling, Senior Assistant Appellate Counsel. Argument by Mr. Westling.
Representing Appellee: Peter K. Michael, Attorney General; David L. Delicath, Deputy Attorney General; Jenny L. Craig, Senior Assistant Attorney General; Van E. Snow, Assistant Attorney General. Argument by Mr. Snow.
Before BURKE, C.J., and HILL, DAVIS, FOX, and KAUTZ, JJ.
BURKE, Chief Justice.
[¶1] Appellant, James Joe Nordwall, challenges his convictions of four counts of first-degree rape in violation of Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 6-63 (1957) and three counts of first-degree sexual assault in violation of Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 6-2-302(a)(i). He contends he was denied his constitutional right to a speedy trial and that the State violated the terms of a 1994 plea agreement. We affirm.
[¶2] Appellant presents the following issues:
1. Did the trial court violate Mr. Nordwall's constitutional right to a speedy trial?
2. Did the prosecution violate the 1994 plea agreement when it did not dismiss the charges in the present case?
[¶3] In 1994, Appellant was charged with four counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of aggravated assault and battery
after he kidnapped and repeatedly assaulted PW. Appellant entered a plea pursuant to a plea agreement with the State. Under the terms of the agreement, the State agreed to dismiss all but one of the counts, reduce the remaining count to second-degree sexual assault, and recommend that Appellant serve a prison term of three to ...