HENRY R. SANCHEZ, a/k/a RICKY SANCHEZ v. THE STATE OF WYOMING
Appellant appealed his conviction and sentence, as well as a denial of his new trial motion, after he was found guilty of attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault and battery, felony possession of a controlled substance, and interference with an emergency call. Appellant raised five issues of error on appeal. The court held that the district court did not err when it denied appellant's motion for judgment of acquittal where he waived his right to challenge the district court's ruling in his appeal and that the district court did not abuse its discretion and properly admitted the statements at issue as excited utterances under W.R.E. 803(2). The court also held that there was no plain error when the district court referred to the complaining witness as "the victim" where evidence of appellant's guilt was substantial and where there was no reasonable possibility that the jury's verdict would have been more favorable to appellant in the absence of that isolated statement. The court further held that appellant was not denied his constitutional right to a fair trial before an impartial jury where the district court concluded that he did not satisfy the first part of the McDonough Power Equipment, Inc. v. Greenwood test. The court finally held that appellant did not receive ineffective assistance of counsel where appellant failed to establish that counsel's performance was legally deficient in any of the identified areas and where appellant made no showing of actual prejudice. Accordingly, the court found no reversible error and affirmed the district court's denial of a new trial and affirmed appellant's conviction and sentence.