In 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday afternoon, 38-year-old Jason Bowman and his wife, 53-year-old Jane Bowman went through a Change of Plea Hearing before Judge John Fenn.
The couple, who had plead Not Guilty to two counts – Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine and Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance – were to go to trial next week. Out on bond, the two, who lived in Sheridan at the time of the crimes, have been living in Casper. While awaiting trial, they were going through treatment.
Per a plea agreement with the State, the two changed their plea to Guilty on the Delivery charge, and the State will drop the Conspiracy charge. Deputy County Attorney Christopher LaRosa told Judge Fenn that other terms of the plea agreement include a 2-to-4 year prison sentence, suspended, in lieu of a 180-day split sentence.
The crime took place on March 26th, 2009, involving the sale of methamphetamine to a subject. Charging documents indicated that a confidential wired informant learned of the transaction from that subject, where 2.77 grams of meth had been sold.
A Pre-Sentence Investigation will take place, and sentencing is scheduled for 11:30 am on December 14th. The Bowmans, meantime, will return to Casper and be in continued contact with probation and parole.
Public Defender Robert Jones of Sheridan is representing Jason Bowman.
Judge Fenn officially in court Tuesday signed an Order to Withdraw document acknowledging Shelley Cundiff being removed from representing Jane Bowman. Public Defender Robert Jackson of Gillette now has her case.