Spurned Man Accused of Deliberately Driving Into Ex-Girlfriend

A man accused of seriously injuring a former girlfriend by running into her with a car has gone on trial in Cheyenne.

Jesse Thomas, 44, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of reckless endangerment. Opening statements were made Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Thomas deliberately drove into his former girlfriend, Jeanette Leonard, soon after she got out of a car in 2005.

The alleged attack broke Leonard's leg and seriously injured her face.

Prosecutors said Thomas was upset about a breakup. They said he waved a gun at Leonard and other witnesses at the scene.

After the car struck Leonard, Thomas allegedly stood over Leonard in the street and said, "You know I loved you. You made me do this."

"What is the price of Jesse Thomas' shattered love? A price that Jeanette Leonard had to pay," one of the prosecutors in the case, Nancy Conrad, told the jury.

Thomas' attorney, Dion Custis, said his client was guilty only of one count of reckless endangerment — for pointing a gun at witnesses after the crash.

Custis called the incident a "terrible, terrible accident."

In 2006, Thomas pleaded no contest to attempted second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. He was sentenced to 20-22 years in prison.

He appealed, saying District Judge Edward Grant didn't properly advise him of the possible penalties. The Wyoming Supreme Court overturned the conviction last fall.