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Hanni found guilty of drug charges

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After over two hours of deliberation, a jury Wednesday night found Brandon Hanni guilty of two counts involving distributing drugs in the Sheridan area.

Hanni was arrested and charged in August of last year with one count of delivery of a controlled substance – methamphetamine – and one count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

After three days of testimony in Fourth Judicial District Court, the case went to the jury shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday. Following the verdict, District Judge John Fenn revoked Hanni’s bond.

Sentencing will be at a later date, but must be within the next 45 days. Hanni faces up to 40 years in prison and could be fined up to $50,000.

In a change to meet COVID-19 regulations, the courtroom was cleared and the jurors allowed to hold their deliberations there.

Hanni’s arrest followed an investigation by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, with assistance from the Wyoming Highway Patrol and local law enforcement.

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