A 62-year-old Sheridan man changed his plea in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan Tuesday on charges stemming from an incident that occurred in February. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.
Pursuant to terms of a plea agreement reached with the State, James Ward pleaded “no contest” to an amended charge of felony Possession of a Deadly Weapon With Unlawful Intent, and “no contest” to a misdemeanor charge of Domestic Battery. In exchange for the no contest pleas, the State agreed to dismiss a charge of Strangulation of Household Member. According to court documents, the charges are the result of an incident on February 15 of this year when Ward cut and injured an individual with a large kitchen knife at a residence in Sheridan County.
The plea agreement calls for a sentence of 2 ½ to 5 years in prison, suspended in lieu of a split-sentence of 171 days and two years of supervised probation. District Court Judge John Fenn ordered that a presentence investigation be completed and set the sentencing date for October 20 at 11:15 am.