Frank Mchenry

Frank Mchenry

CHEYENNE – A Laramie County inmate awaiting trial on first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges has now been charged with aggravated assault and battery for allegedly attacking another inmate.

According to court documents, Frank McHenry attacked Randall Carr, another inmate, in a Laramie County jail dayroom June 3. McHenry allegedly punched and kneed Carr in the face, causing extensive bleeding. McHenry told a sergeant he assaulted Carr because the man called him a “b----.”

Carr was taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center following the altercation. X-rays revealed Carr had multiple facial fractures to his left eye orbital socket, and was referred to a Colorado specialist.

McHenry’s preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday in Laramie County Circuit Court. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

McHenry is also facing multiple charges in connection with the death of 61-year-old Joseph “Stevie” Tortolito and attempted murder of Kristen Smith during a 2018 Cheyenne shooting.

He pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness to first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated burglary-deadly weapon, four counts of interference with a peace officer-injury and misdemeanor property destruction last year.

An evaluator with the Wyoming State Hospital determined he was mentally competent to stand trial and assist in his own defense. His trial is set for Oct. 16.

Chrissy Suttles is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s business and health reporter. She can be reached at csuttles@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3183. Follow her on Twitter at @chrissysuttles.

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