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Wyoming ‘hate-f***’ hoaxer adds to checkered criminal past, now attends law school

Three years from now, Lanker-Simons may have trouble passing a bar exam in any state where the exam contains a character-and-fitness component.

This latest no-contest plea isn’t the law student’s first rodeo in Wyoming’s criminal system. She was also convicted of aggravated assault over a bizarre gun-brandishing incident. (RELATED: Wyo. student who threatened to rape self on Facebook was convicted of assault)

In 2005, after Lanker-Simons was fired from a radio station in the fall, she returned and pulled a Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun from her purse. She waved the semi-automatic pistol around. She pointed it at the man who sacked her. He testified that he was “in fear for his life.”

The radio station was evacuated. Police caught Lanker-Simons as she tried to flee the scene in her vehicle. They held her at gunpoint.

In July 2006, Lanker-Simons — then known as Meghan Michelena — was sentenced to six years of probation. Her term of probation was subject to a number of conditions. She had to undergo counseling, complete community service, pay fines and apologize to her victims. She was also prevented from owning any guns.

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