A bond modification hearing was held Thursday in Fourth Judicial District Court of Sheridan County for 19-year-old Taran Schlegel. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter was there and has the details.
Schlegel is charged with Felony Larceny for allegedly stealing a vehicle on March 9 and leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase through Sheridan and Johnson Counties. The pursuit ended when Schlegel crashed the vehicle and fled on foot, only to be apprehended soon after the wreck.
Schlegel's Defense Attorney Ryan Healy requested the bond modification hearing on the grounds that his client be able to attend a long term substance abuse treatment program at Rosen Recovery Center in Rock Springs. Prosecuting Attorney for the State Darci Phillips argued that Schlegel had been given numerous chances to get help in the past couple of years, as he's been in the system for various drug and alcohol related offenses and has displayed a cavalier attitude towards court order in the past. She also noted that the defendant was cited for Battery recently while incarcerated in jail.
After hearing a passionate plea from Schlegel himself, as well as his parents, District Court Judge John Fenn reduced the bond from $10,000 cash only to a $10,000 unsecured bond and ordered Schlegel to admit himself to the treatment center immediately upon release from the Sheridan County Detention Center. Fenn expressed apprehension about granting these types of bond modifications and that Schlegel needs to take advantage of this situation, because he's run out of second chances. Schlegel must still attend all of the court proceedings and subsequent trial in August while he's attending the 6 to 9 month treatment program in Rock Springs. He will also be subject to random UA's while in treatment.