Man who fought cops enters a guilty plea
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
October 18, 2012
A Jackson man pleaded guilty Wednesday to attacking a police officer while drunk.
Nathan Maggard, 38, pleaded guilty to felony interference at a hearing in 9th District Court. In return for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge of being an intoxicated pedestrian.
As part of the plea deal, a three- to five-year state prison sentence will be suspended as long as Maggard successfully serves one year in Teton County Jail and three years of supervised probation. The deal would give him credit for the four months he’s been in jail since his June arrest.
Maggard said he didn’t remember much about the night of his arrest, but he did remember fighting a police officer.
“I’d been drinking all day so I was pretty intoxicated by midnight,” Maggard said. “I didn’t come to that it was an officer [touching me] until I had the cuffs on me. At that point I was upset and I probably wasn’t very nice to the officers.”
He is accused of attacking Jackson Police Officer Jamie Colvin when she intervened in a disturbance Maggard caused by trying to take a cab that already had a fare.
The incident sent Officer Colvin to the hospital to have a large wood splinter removed from her finger. Maggard slammed her into several tables and a metal trash can before she subdued him, according to the police statement on the incident. Maggard said he accepted the facts in that sworn statement as the truth.
Colvin remembered Maggard’s actions more specifically, Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Terry Rogers said.
“She identified herself as a police officer ... and he saw her and said, ‘I’m going to eff you up’ and then the wrestling match was on,” he said. “She has extremely strong feelings about this case and insisted from the start that she wanted him to go to the penitentiary as a result of this.”
Colvin agreed with the terms of the proposed plea agreement, Rogers said.
Judge Timothy Day said he would take the agreement under advisement and ordered a presentence investigation before he would enter a sentence.