Kent Proffit given new trial
Gillette, Wy – The Wyoming Supreme Court has overturned sexual assault convictions against Kent Alan Proffit Sr., a Gillette man already spending life in prison for murder.
The high court recently upheld Proffit's three sentences of life
without parole in the murders of two Gillette teenagers.
Tuesday's court ruling says Proffit must get a new trial on
eight counts of third-degree sexual assault. A jury last year found
him guilty of sexually assaulting 16-year-old Bryce Chavers, his
former stepson and one of the murder victims.
The court ruled that the prosecution in the sexual assault case
violated Proffit's right to a fair trial by bringing up his prior
convictions and his refusal to take a polygraph test. The court
also ruled that Proffit's defense team failed to object to improper