SUNDANCE, WY – A Wyoming man has been sentenced and fined for aggravated vehicular homicide.
The charges relate to the death of Ed Svoboda’s wife, Kathleen, two years ago.
Svoboda, Alva, WY, was arrested Sept. 5, 2021 after three deputies from the Crook County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports that he had driven his truck over his wife, Kathleen. She was pronounced deceased when the Hulett ambulance arrived on scene.
While investigating the scene, deputies determined that the victim had been hit and driven over by a pickup hauling a tandem axle trailer with a skid steer on the trailer.
Svoboda originally pled not guilty by reason of mental illness to charges of murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree and aggravated vehicular homicide.
An August 2022 date was originally set for Svoboda’s trial. However, the case experienced significant delays due to the need for an examination of his mental condition, which came at a time when the Wyoming State Hospital was experiencing a backlog and had a long waiting list.
He changed his plea this past July to no contest on a single charge of vehicular homicide. As part of the plea, the murder charges were dropped. Attorneys on both sides agreed to a sentence of between four and 14 years with credit for time served.