CHEYENNE – A local man accused of killing two people and shooting two children pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to a gun-related charge in federal court.
Andrew Weaver, 25, was charged in U.S. District Court with felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. He pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm, with the felon in possession of a firearm charge to be dismissed at sentencing per a plea agreement.
The plea agreement in the case was filed Friday; Weaver was slated to face trial Feb. 18. Due to the plea agreement, Weaver will now face sentencing at 1 p.m. April 17 after the completion of a presentence report.
Prosecutors are asking Weaver to be sentenced to the maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for the charge. Due to Weaver’s criminal history, his recommended sentencing calculations are actually greater than 10 years, but are capped at 10 years because it is the maximum sentence legally allowed.
At Monday’s change- of-plea hearing, Weaver admitted that he knowingly possessed a stolen Smith and Wesson firearm Sept. 13.
Amber Dawn Bundy is a co-defendant in the federal case due to an indictment filed Nov. 21. The indictment alleges that Bundy helped Weaver get the stolen firearm he allegedly used to shoot four people, killing two.
Federal prosecuting attorney Stuart Healy said the state feels confident in the plea agreement, considering the state charges filed against Weaver.
Locally, Weaver is being charged with two counts of second-degree murder, one count of attempted second-degree murder, and two counts of aggravated assault and battery with bodily injury with a weapon. If convicted on the local charges, he could face a maximum penalty of life in prison.
On Sept. 16, Weaver allegedly went to 3436 E. 11th St. and shot four people. Shaline Wymer, 30, was found dead at the residence with a gunshot wound to her head, and Adrien Butler, 37, was shot in the head and declared dead at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, according to court documents.
One 14-year-old boy was shot in the hand, head and stomach, and airlifted to Children’s Hospital Colorado for his wounds, according to court documents. Another 14-year-old was shot in the face, but didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries because he was shot through the cheek.
A fifth person, Armando Butler, was shot at, but was able to avoid being shot by falling to the floor. While he was lying on the floor, Adrien Butler was shot and fell on top of him, according to court documents.
When officers found Weaver in a field by Ashley Furniture on Nationway, he was in possession of a silver-and-black Smith and Wesson 9mm semiautomatic handgun, according to court documents.
Healy said federal prosecutors and the state have been working in collaboration throughout Weaver’s case.
He said once Weaver is federally sentenced, he can be returned to the state to face his local charges.