Probation Ordered in Willwood Shooting Incident
Written by Andrew-Rossi on April 9, 2018
Two Park County men charged with a total of eight felonies have been placed on probation.
24 year old Austin Maddox and 27 year old Evan Haywood pled guilty to misdemeanor charges of reckless endangering in a plea agreement with the Park County attorney’s office. The charges stem from an incident last July in which Haywood was originally charged with aggravated assault for running Maddox’s truck off the road near the Willwood dam. Maddox was charged with seven felony counts of aggravated assault – one for each shot he fired at Haywood’s vehicle in response.
According to an article in the Powell Tribune, a Circuit Court judge suggested to prosecutors that they would have a difficult time proving the charge against Haywood, and Maddox insisted he acted in self-defense.
Maddox served two days in jail and was sentenced to two and a half years of unsupervised probation, after which the case will be dismissed should he successfully complete the probation period. Haywood served 29 days in jail, but is currently serving five years of supervised probation in connection with a methamphetamine charge from 2016.
The Tribune adds that in addition to being ordered to pay court fines and fees, Maddox and Haywood were also ordered to pay back the Sheriff’s Office for the amount paid to tow their two vehicles.