Loren Wiseman appeared calm, except for a few moments when he hunched over with his fingers pressed to his eyes as he listened to the judge Thursday morning during a scheduling hearing in his first-degree murder case.
Wiseman, who has been charged with the fatal shooting death of 32-year-old Jeremy Pascascio of Garden City Saturday in the parking lot of Dillons East, attended the hearing via a video link.
At one point, Wiseman, 21, put his right hand on his cheek. Mostly, he looked straight into the camera without a word, except when he murmured in response to questions.
Thursday was Wiseman’s first formal court appearance, where he heard that he is expected in court again at 3 p.m. Jan. 12, 2015, before Judge Michael Quint. The hearing was aimed at making sure Wiseman understands why he was arrested and what the charges are.
Judge Ricklin Pierce told Wiseman his case had been assigned to the office of the public defender and that Judge Quint would handle the case. Wiseman was told his bond is set at $900,000. He remains in custody in the Finney County Jail.
First degree murder is an off-the-grid person felony, Pierce explained.
If convicted, Wiseman would face either a Hard 50 or a Hard 20 sentence, Pierce said. The Hard 50 and 20 refer to the number of years before someone is eligible for parole.
After listening to the judge, Wiseman’s only words were, “God bless you, sir.”
Police responded to the shooting at Dillons East, 1305 E. Kansas Ave., at about 5:10 p.m. Saturday, where they found Pascascio lying in the parking lot with apparent gunshot wounds to his upper body. Pascascio was transported to St. Catherine Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.
Police said Wiseman and an adult woman had driven to the parking lot at Dillons East, where Pascascio approached the car and a verbal confrontation ensued. According to police, Wiseman shot Pascascio with a handgun at some point during the confrontation.
Police received information that after the shooting, the vehicle Wiseman was in was driven to the nearby Garden City Family YMCA, 1224 Center St.
Officers arrested Wiseman without incident at the YMCA at about 5:20 p.m.