Sheridan Man Enters No Contest Plea to Amended Charge

A 78-year-old Sheridan man changed his plea to an amended charge Tuesday in Fourth Judicial District Court. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

No Contest Plea

A year ago on March 16, officers with the Sheridan Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence on Long Drive in Sheridan. Shortly after arriving on scene, officers arrested Jerry Tapp for allegedly stabbing an individual in the torso with a knife and cutting and strangling the person as well. Tapp was also placed under arrest for cutting an individual who had attempted to stop him from stabbing the first victim. Tapp was charged with one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and one count of Reckless Endangering.

Pursuant to terms of a plea agreement reached with the State, Tapp, at a hearing Tuesday, pleaded “no contest” to the amended charge of Aggravated Assault and Battery. In conjunction with amending the attempted murder charge to aggravated assault and battery, the prosecution, in exchange for the no contest plea, dismissed the charge of reckless endangering. Sheridan County Attorney Dianna Bennett said that she’s recommending a sentence of 2 to 10 years in prison on the amended charge. District Court Judge John Fenn ordered that an updated presentence investigation be completed and said sentencing would be scheduled at a later date. The crime of aggravated assault and battery is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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