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October 04, 2012 8:07 am

Cody man reportedly shot at gets pen time

Written by CJ Baker

A man who allegedly was an intended target of a shooting in Cody this summer has accepted a six- to eight-year prison sentence for conspiring to sell drugs.

Joshua S. Porter, 33, and another man reportedly were shot at by 19-year-old Taylor A. Hall during a July 25 altercation. Charging documents suggest the dispute was over illegal drugs Porter and Hall had acquired previously in Seattle.

An affidavit from Cody Police Sgt. Jon Beck quotes a witness saying there was a pound of marijuana on a kitchen table when the altercation began, and Porter grabbed it as he allegedly fled a gunshot from Hall. Police later found marijuana stashed behind the home of one of Porter’s friends, divided into roughly 1-ounce bags, court documents say.

At a Sept. 26 hearing, Porter agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to deliver marijuana. The plea deal, accepted by District Court Judge Steven Cranfill, included the six- to eight-year prison sentence. Porter has at least two prior felony convictions and had faced a maximum of 10 years if convicted on the conspiracy count.

Deputy Park County Attorney Sam Krone said the deal includes an agreement that prosecutors will not charge Porter in connection with hallucinogenic mushrooms police later found. Krone said the agreement also calls for Porter to cooperate with prosecutors and testify truthfully against Hall.

Hall has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted second-degree murder and a count of conspiring to deliver marijuana. A trial is set for Jan. 7. A conviction for second-degree murder would bring a minimum sentence of 20 years of prison time with a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Charging documents allege Porter threw Hall out of the Bleistein Avenue residence during the July 25 dispute. Once outside, Hall shot a pistol round through the front door, say charging documents based on accounts given to Beck by Porter and two other men who were in the house.

A friend of Hall’s who was at the house, Colton Perkins, told police that Hall came into the house yelling that he was going to kill Porter, says Beck’s affidavit.

Porter and the other man at the residence, Joseph Jewell, reportedly fled. Hall is alleged to have followed the men out the back door and fired five shots into their fleeing truck.

Hall reportedly told Beck he fired no shots and did not have a gun.

Porter previously became angry at his initial appearance in Cody’s Circuit Courtroom in July, flipping off Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters and Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric, overturning a table and tussling with detention deputies.

Extra deputies were on hand at last week’s hearing. Krone said Porter “was very polite and courteous” last week and has been cooperative.

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