A sentencing hearing was held Tuesday in Fourth Judicial District Court for a Sheridan man charged with distributing methamphetamine in the Sheridan area. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.
A little over a year ago, 51-year-old Emmett Shepherd was arrested and charged with multiple counts of distributing methamphetamine and marijuana in the Sheridan area. The charges were the result of a lengthy investigation by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Northeast Enforcement Team, the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office, the Sheridan Police Department and the Wyoming Highway Patrol, into a group of individuals involved in the alleged distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana in the Sheridan area.
In March, pursuant to terms of a plea agreement reached with the State, Shepherd pleaded guilty to three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance- Methamphetamine. In exchange for the guilty pleas, the State dismissed the charges of Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance- Methamphetamine, and Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance- Marijuana. At a sentencing hearing Tuesday, District Court Judge John Fenn accepted the terms of the plea agreement, and sentenced Shepherd to 3 to 8 years in prison for each of the three charges, however, two of the counts will run concurrent to one another and were suspended in lieu of 5 years of supervised probation, meaning that Shepherd will serve a prison term of 3 to 8 years, and will then be on supervised probation for 5 years following his release. Shepherd was also ordered to pay $850 in restitution and $760 in various court costs.