Court News; May 22, 2019

The Court docket for Judge Peasly on May 15, 2019, in the District Court of the Eighth Judicial District of and for Niobrara County were two names. Amy Cole appeared with her attorney for an arraignment on two charges of unlawful possession of marijuana more than 3 oz. with intent to deliver, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance; marijuana 3 oz. or more. Cole pleaded not guilty and the matter will be set for trial at a later date.

Also appearing before Judge Peasly, for a change of plea was Wendy Clegg who was present with her attorney Eric Palen. Clegg changed her plea of not guilty to guilty as a part of a plead deal that was reached with the state. Clegg pleaded guilty to Sexual Abuse of a minor in the second degree, and the state recommended two to four years in prison all suspended, ten years supervised probation with fines of $350 to be paid the Victims crime fund, and $3200 in restitution. She would have standard conditions of probation. The matter will be set for sentencing after the judge has time to review plea agreement, and other factoring information to determine if the states recommendation is appropriate.

The court docket for Judge Meier on May 16, 2019, in the Circuit Court of the Eighth Judicial District of and for Niobrara County were several names. Jennifer A. Sakala appeared for an arraignment of the charge of driving while under the influence. Sakala pleaded not guilty and the matter is set for trial on June 20, 2019.

A warrant was issued for Christopher Maxey for failure to appear.

Jeffery Wells appeared and pleaded guilty to a driving while intoxicated charge. This was Well’s third offense with in ten years. Well’s and his attorney accepted a plea agreement with the state, and he was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 150 day’s suspended. His remaining time will begin on May 30, 2019. He received two years of supervised probation with random testing, was ordered to do two years of interlock, and intensive outpatient treatment. Wells was also fined $3000 with $2,250 of that suspended, $55 court costs, $50 drug surcharge, and $200 to the crime victim’s compensation fund.

Cheryl Thompson appeared for a change of plea on charges of driving while intoxicated. In exchange for a guilty plea she received six months in jail will all of it suspended. $750 fines with $250 suspended, $200 to the crime victim’s compensation fund, and $55 court costs as well as a $50 drug surcharge. She also received six months unsupervised probation with standard conditions including no alcohol, and she isn’t to be in the presence of alcohol or anyone consuming alcohol except for while she is at work. She is to place an interlock device on her vehicle and get a substance abuse evaluation. Thompson is subject to random testing.

Appearing before Judge Patrick Correll on May 16, 2019 was Anthony Cinquambre for a change of plea. Cinquambre pleaded guilty to domestic battery and possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail on each count with 5 months suspended. He was also fined $1500 with $500 suspended, $35 court costs, $300.00 crime victim compensation fund $50 drug surcharge, and $200 public defender fees. Cinquambre will be allowed to serve his time on the weekends.

Also appearing before Judge Peasley for a change of plea was Joseph Oberholzer. His original charges were amended to sexual battery in which he pleaded guilty to. He was sentenced to six months in jail with all, but 90 days suspended, one year of probation with standard conditions. $1000 fine with $250 suspended, $55 court costs, and $200 to the crime victim’s compensation fund. $500 public defender fees. He is to have No contact with the victim or her family. Oberholzer also faces possible requirements to register as a sex offender.

A preliminary hearing with redacted information with a Wyoming Woman’s Center employee facing two separate charges of Sexual Assault in the second degree with sexual intrusion. An investigator from the Wyoming Department of Corrections in Cheyenne was present today to give testimony about an alleged voluntary confession to the crime that was recorded audio and video. The court found probable cause for this case to be continued and bound up to a district court level. The redacted defendant remains in the custody of Niobrara County Sheriffs Department and a bond reduction motion was denied.




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