Goodwine v. State
In Goodwine v. State, 764 P.2d 680 (Wyo. 1998) the Wyoming Supreme Court stated that in Wyoming robbery was the combination of larceny and either the threat to the victim of immediate bodily injury or the intentional placing of the victim in fear of immediate bodily injury. Goodwine, 764 P.2d at 682.
The court went on to state that the legislative intent of the robbery statute was "to reach all forms of express and implied threat immediately to inflict bodily injury." Id.
It further stated that the language of the statute contemplated purposeful behavior and focused upon the accused's purposeful conduct in conveying, by express verbal threats, implicit nonverbal physical movement, or both, that harm would immediately result if the victim resisted the taking. Id.
The court nevertheless reversed Goodwine's conviction for robbery, concluding that under the facts of the case there was insufficient evidence that Goodwine had threatened the victim with immediate bodily injury or intentionally put her in fear of immediate bodily injury. Goodwine, 764 P.2d at 683.