Standoff Suspect Appears in Court

by Liz Cooper, 
A 25-year-old Casper man who barricaded himself in a home for about three hours Tuesday morning in East Casper made his initial appearance in court Wednesday afternoon. The standoff caused four nearby schools to be put on lock down. Nicholas Stone pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated assault stemming from the domestic dispute. 
Stone stated in court that he was ashamed of what he did and that a heavy amount of alcohol was in his system at the time of the incident. 
According to court documents, Stone and his pregnant girlfriend got into an argument before he slapped her in the face. As his girlfriend attemted to call the police, Stone allegedly entered the room with a handgun and said "you think you can call the police on me?" He then allegedly armed the gun. 
Stone's girlfriend's daughter was also present during the incident. 
Stone claims he was not going to harm anyone with the gun and was thinking about killing himself. He also claims the gun was not loaded until police arrived. 
Stone's bond was set at $25,000. 

Nicholas Stone in Court on Wednesday