30-year-old sentenced to 13-15 years for February rape

By Joel Funk and Daniel Bendsten

A Laramie man was sentenced Wednesday to 13-15 years imprisonment after being convicted for raping an 18-year-old photographer he lured to an Airbnb on East Comanche Drive.

In all cases, Wyoming judges are required to consider probation in lieu of prison time. Devon Thauriaux, serving as his own attorney, futilely pleaded for District Court Judge Tori Kricken not to incarcerate him.

“Your lured somebody into a situation with criminal intent,” Kricken said. “That doesn’t warrant probation.”

Thauriaux had originally been charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault, a charge that carries a penalty of up to 50 years imprisonment. He also faced a kidnapping charge.

However, he took a plea deal in September: The Albany County Attorney’s office dropped the first-degree sexual assault charges in exchange for Thauriaux pleading no contest to third-degree sexual assault, which only carries a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment.

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