19-year-old Joseph Watkins was sentenced in Sheridan County District Court Thursday on one count of burglary. Watkins, in July of 2009, was involved in one of several burglary incidents that took place in the Ranchester area. He had admitted his part in taking expensive German-brand subwoofers from the vehicle of Deven Nedved.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the State, Judge John Fenn sentenced Watkins to four years supervised probation, suspended any prison sentence -- Watkins served three days in jail -- and ordered Watkins to pay restitution of just under $2,000. Among some other sentencing instructions, Watkins is also to enroll in and complete outpatient treatment and aftercare for alcohol use, serve ten hours of community service, and write letters of apology to the victims.
Before adjourning the court, Judge Fenn told Watkins, "You're 19 years old and a convicted felon, but you have an opportunity to turn your life around. Good luck to you."
Later in District Court Thursday, 32-year-old Jennifer Edwards was arraigned on one count of Felony Child Endangerment. Edwards is accused of knowingly and willfully allowing her young son to be in the same house where Meth was being used and stored. The dates this allegedly took place were January 13th through the 15th.
Edwards plead "not guilty" on the charge and a two-day trial has been set for August 25th and 26th.
Felony Child Endangerment carries a possible sentence of not more than five years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both.