Father, son enter guilty pleas to charges in Worland

Posted 5/12/22

Sheridan County residents Cody and Niles Veal pleaded guilty to various charges before 5th Judicial District Court Judge Bobbi Overfield during a change of plea hearing April 6. 

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Father, son enter guilty pleas to charges in Worland

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Sheridan County residents Cody and Niles Veal pleaded guilty to various charges before 5th Judicial District Court Judge Bobbi Overfield during a change of plea hearing April 6. 

The Veals’ criminal cases stem from a September 2021 incident in which the father and son duo allegedly breached the peace and attempted to elude police custody before stealing and fleeing in a Washakie County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle. 

Niles Veal was initially indicted for aggravated burglary, a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, a $50,000 fine or both; two counts of theft of property worth more than $1,000; escape from official detention by violence or while armed; and accessory before the fact to escape. 

Cody Veal faced similar charges. In addition to littering, breach of peace, interference with a peace officer and escape from official detention charges he shared with his father, Cody Veal was also charged with burglary of the patrol vehicle, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both. 

According to an order after the change of plea recently filed with the 5th Judicial District Court, Niles Veal pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, escape from official detention, littering and interference with a peace officer. 

In exchange for the defendant’s guilty pleas to those charges, the prosecution recommended a sentence of five to 10 years suspended for three years supervised probation and three to six years suspended for three years supervised probation, respectively. 

In exchange for Niles Veal’s guilty pleas to littering and interference with a peace officer, the prosecution will recommend a $500 fine. 

Court documents state Cody Veal pleaded guilty to burglary, breach of peace and interference with a peace officer charges. The prosecution agreed to recommend a deferred prosecution — due to Cody Veal’s first-time offender status — and three years of supervised probation in exchange for the defendant’s guilty plea to the burglary charge and a $500 fine for the misdemeanors. 

The Veals’ sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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