CEDAR CITY – A Wyoming man arrested in April for allegedly shooting a firearm inside a local high school waved his preliminary hearing Thursday in lieu of a possible resolution.
Talon Sessions from Thayne, Wyoming is scheduled for arraignment Aug. 14 where it is likely he will plead not guilty. Defense attorney Jeff Slack said he is hopeful the case will be resolved by then.
“He (Sessions) really is not a bad kid,” Slack said. “He just made some bad choices.”
Sessions was arrested April 5 on multiple charges including three first-degree felonies for aggravated burglary and two counts of aggravated robbery. He is also facing three second-degree felonies for burglary and two counts of theft in addition to, five third-degree felonies for attempted aggravated burglary, attempted burglary and three counts of discharging a firearm within city limits. Court records also list two misdemeanor charges for criminal mischief.
Charging documents filed in 5th District Court outline the details of the event that night where officers found broken windows and surveillance footage showed Sessions allegedly firing a weapon inside Cedar High School.
The 28-year-old fled the school, afterwards going to 920 S. 25 East. There, he allegedly stole a car after forcing the owner out of her vehicle at gunpoint.
He drove to the Highland Drive area where he abandoned the vehicle and subsequently attempted to take two other vehicles from separate addresses, court documents state. Officers found the vehicles with the doors still open.
Sessions later told police he lost his phone during the incident and needed a vehicle to get back to his girlfriend.
When Sessions was unable to find a vehicle he could take, he allegedly entered a residence where he forced the homeowners to give him their car keys, all the while displaying the firearm and counting down to gain compliance, Cedar City Police Det. Dustin Orton stated in his report.
After securing the vehicle from the homeowners, Sessions drove to another residence where he stopped in front and entered the home through the rear door. Sessions was confronted by those inside the home while removing an item from the refrigerator,
He then fled the residence and was later seen by police – a foot pursuit ensued. According to court documents, Sessions fired his handgun during this time to prevent being arrested. He was later taken into custody without incident after authorities were able to close the distance between the suspect and themselves.
Sessions was taken to Cedar City Hospital where he obtained a medical clearance. He was then taken to the Cedar City Police Department where he allegedly waived his rights and spoke about what happened.
“Talon said he and a girlfriend were passing through the area, when they stopped in Cedar City to visit a friend. At some point, they had a dispute and he had fled the vehicle and tonight’s events transpired without her assistance,” Orton stated. “Talon said he had borrowed the handgun from a friend for protection on their trip.”
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