Teen gets 12-18 years in prison for role in killing man, beating woman on Riverton bike trail

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RIVERTON, Wyoming — A teenager has been sentenced to 12 to 18 years in prison for his role in killing a man and beating a woman on a bike trail in Riverton last September.

The Riverton Ranger reports (http://bit.ly/1sGsujd ) District Judge Norman E. Young sentenced Santana Mendoza on Tuesday and recommended him for a boot camp program that could shorten that term. Mendoza was 16 when he and then 15-year-old John Potter, both of Riverton, attacked David Ronald Moss Jr. and Aleeah Crispin. The beating killed Moss and put Crispin in a coma.

The judge also sentenced Mendoza to a concurrent eight to 10 years in prison for aggravated assault and ordered him to join Potter in paying $12,000 in restitution. Potter was sentenced in April to 12 to 18 years in prison.

Information from: The (Riverton, Wyoming) Ranger, http://www.dailyranger.com

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