Teen wants out of guilty pleas in Sheridan killing

Sheridan, Wyo. – A Sheridan teenager is asking to withdraw the guilty pleas he entered recently in the home-invasion killing of a prominent businessman last year.

Seventeen-year-old Wyatt Bear Cloud pleaded guilty early this month to first-degree murder and other charges in the August 2009 killing of 79-year-old Robert Ernst. Bear Cloud faces a minimum sentence of life in prison.

The Sheridan Press reports Bear Cloud now wants to withdraw the pleas. The paper reports the Wyoming Public Defender's Office has terminated the contract lawyer who represented Bear Cloud.

A jury recently convicted a co-defendant, 20-year-old Dennis Poitra Jr., of first-degree murder in Ernst's killing. A third defendant, 16-year-old Dharminder Vir Sen, 16, is set to stand trial next month.