SHERIDAN (WNE) — Christopher Labuy changed his plea and was sentenced in 4th Judicial District Court Monday for second-degree murder.
On Jan. 10, 2018, Christopher Labuy shot Eric Kaylor in the head during an argument after drinking that evening at a North Main Street apartment complex. Labuy said Kaylor pointed a firearm at him twice before Labuy fired his gun at Kaylor.
Family members of the victim traveled from Washington, D.C., and appeared in court Monday. The hearing and sentencing were determined on the same day to alleviate travel burdens for family members.
Sheridan County Prosecuting Attorney Dianna Bennett said Labuy and Kaylor were both veterans.
Kaylor’s older sister appeared in court on behalf of the family members who were not able to make the trip and said Kaylor was a kind, humble and unique person. The sister continued by stating that Kaylor and Labuy were friends. Labuy had a history of violence towards Kaylor when he was drinking, but the two otherwise remained friends with the trust that Labuy would never go too far.
Labuy pleaded not guilty on Feb. 6, 2018, and changed his plea, per a plea agreement, Monday. Labuy admitted the shooting was not self-defense as he previously stated. Labuy apologized to the Kaylor family and his own family in his closing statement, saying he must serve the consequences of his actions.
The court accepted the plea agreement, and Labuy was sentenced to not less than 27 years and not more than 50 years at the Wyoming State Penitentiary without probation.