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Drug Dealer Sentenced in District Court

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A man who pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine in Sheridan was sentenced Tuesday in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan.  Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

Drug Dealer Sentenced

On November 10, 2022, 19-year-old Nathaniel Sullinger, pursuant to a plea agreement reached with the State, pleaded guilty to the charge of delivery of a controlled substance –  methamphetamine. In exchange for the guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss a charge of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance – methamphetamine. Sullinger was arrested last summer following an investigation by special agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

At a sentencing hearing in District Court for Sullinger Tuesday,  Wyoming DCI Special Agent Kelly Broad testified that on March 11, 2022, 27-year-old Nichole Patterson of Sheridan died from an overdose of drugs that were sold to her by Sullinger. Broad said an examination of Patterson’s cellular phone confirmed that Sullinger sold methamphetamine to Patterson shortly before her death.

Deputy Sheridan County Attorney and Prosecuting Attorney Christopher LaRosa argued for a 4 to 7 year prison sentence, while Public Defender Jonathan Foreman argued for probation for the defendant. District Court Judge Darci Phillips sentenced Sullinger to 4 to 7 years in prison and recommended he participate in the youthful offender program, or “boot camp” through the Wyoming Department of Corrections. Judge Phillips stipulated that if he successfully completes the program, he can petition the Court to have his sentence reduced. If Sullinger does not successfully complete the program, he will then serve the 4 to 7 year prison sentence. Sullinger was also ordered to pay $375 in court costs and fees and was given 200 days of credit for time served.

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