WPR News
8:47 am
Thu September 7, 2006

Man Avoids Death Penalty

Gillette, Wy – A man convicted last week of murder in the
shooting death of 16-year-old Gillette boy has been spared the
death penalty.
The jury that convicted Christopher Hicks today (Thursday) said
it was unable to agree unanimously on the death penalty.
The 20-year-old Hicks was found guilty of first-degree murder
and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the November
shooting death of 16-year-old Bryce Chavers.
The jury had acquitted Hicks of first-degree murder in the
October death of another man -- 19-year-old Jeremy Forquer. Hicks was tried at the same time in both cases. Hicks
was convicted of conspiracy in Forquer's death.
Jurors still must decide whether to impose a life sentence or
life without parole on Hicks.