Mathew Seals, a Teton County man found guilty of eight domestic violence-related charges after a jury trial last month, wants to be released from jail so he can attend rehab.
Prosecutors oppose the idea because the last time Seals got out of jail he fled to Massachusetts and had to be extradited back to Wyoming. Seals was convicted by a jury of his peers June 6 after a four-day trial in Teton County District Court but has yet to be sentenced.
In a motion for hearing on furlough, his defense attorney, Elisabeth Trefonas, told the court that Seals applied to the Cedar Mountain Center Inpatient Treatment program in Cody.
“Cedar Mountain will not put the defendant on the wait list without a letter from the court stating that defendant will be released from jail for admission to the program,” the motion states.
In an opposition to the furlough request, Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Clark Allan included text messages between Seals and his dad to back up his argument that Seals should remain behind bars.
“I know you think about not going to court!!” Seals’ father texted him. “You would be running the rest of your life!!”
Seals’ father goes on to tell his son that if he skips court he’ll “definitely go to prison.”
“I’m pretty f---ing smart though,” Seals replied.
The texts are from July 2018 after Seals was first arrested and then bonded out and started planning a trip out east with a new girlfriend.
He explained to his dad that he knew how to evade the law by avoiding cellphones and credit cards.
“I got this,” Seals said. “88% of bank robberies go unsolved.”
Seals’ dad told him to get a court attorney and see what the best offer is.
“Court ones are free I think!!” his father texted.
“They are,” Seals replied, “but I am not going to jail or prison. Not meant to be there. Don’t deserve to be there.”
Seals took off with a girlfriend to the East Coast and was on the lam for several weeks before he was caught. Police arrested him and brought him back to Wyoming.
He has been in Teton County Jail ever since. Seals, 34, was arrested a year ago after one of two victims showed up at the Teton County Courthouse to obtain a protection order. Her account was so violent that police became involved.
Then a second victim came forward and had photos of injuries she sustained while dating Seals.
Seals was found guilty of aggravated assault and battery, strangulation, and various counts of domestic battery.
After the jury trial, instead of proceeding to a second trial, Seals pleaded guilty to another count of aggravated assault for the second case.
In that plea agreement, Allan dismissed nine other charges Seals faced. Allan also agreed to dismiss a new charge of conspiracy to solicit compounding after police said Seals and his mother tried to bribe one of his victims $50,000 not to testify against him.
The court will hear arguments on the furlough motion Tuesday.