January 7: Chelsea Keegan entered a plea of guilty to one count of Welfare Fraud. Keegan misrepresented her income and obtained $39,175.66 in medical benefits.
A plea agreement between the State and Defendant provides that if the Defendant immediately pays restitution, the State would
recommend conviction be deferred pursuant to Wyoming Statute 7-13-301.
Daniel Swan was sentenced after being convicted of child abuse by a jury on October 30, 2012. Swan was sentenced to 30 to 60 months in prison. The County Attorney’s office argued for 54 to 60 months, the maximum sentence allowed by law.
Jesse Frausto of Buffalo entered a plea of guilty to delivery of a controlled substance. Frausto had received methamphetamine while incarcerated in the Johnson County Detention Center on a DUI charge and had distributed it to other inmates. Frausto is set for sentencing on March 18.
January 11: Roberto Gonzalez-Perez of Gillette entered a plea of guilty to a fourth-offense DUI.
There is no plea agreement in the case. Gonzalez-Perez has prior DUI convictions in 2007 and 2008.
The maximum sentence for a fourth DUI is seven years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.
Sentencing is set for March 18.
Tyler Rogers of Utah, entered a plea of guilty to one count of failing to register as a sex offender.
Rogers was working in the Buffalo area in April of 2012, and failed to notify the Sheriff of his address.
The plea was the result of an agreement which provides the Defendant would receive a sentence of 2 to 4 years in prison, which would be suspended on the condition that the Defendant
consistently register as required. The maximum sentence for failing to register is imprisonment for 5 years, a $1,000 fine, or both.
January 14: Justin Cross of Sheridan was sentenced to 18 to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to fourth-offense DUI. The maximum penalty for a Fourth Offense DUI’s occurring prior to July 1, 2013, was 24 months. On July 1, 2012, the penalty provisions changed, increasing the maximum penalty to 7 years in prison. Cross had previous DUI’s in 2003, 2004 and 2008.
January 18: Joseph Miranda of Buffalo was sentenced after entering pleas on November 26, 2012, to the offenses of Blackmail and Crimes Against Computer Users.
Miranda had hacked into the cell phone of a co-worker and downloaded images from the phone. Miranda then threatened to
publish compromising photographs of the co-worker if she did not provide him with images of her in the nude.
County Attorney Kenneth DeCock argued for a sentence of eight to ten years, but Miranda was sentenced to three to five years in prison, which was suspended in favor of seven years of probation.
Ed Warax of Buffalo was sentence after entering a plea of guilty to fourth-offense DUI which occurred on March 6, 2012.
Warax was sentenced to 18 to 24 months in prison; the maximum
sentence provided by law. Warax had previous DUI’s on January 6, 2006, October 20, 2006, and March 20, 2009.
Misti Johnson of Buffalo was sentenced to seven to ten years in prison after having entered a plea of guilty to one count of felony assault of a peace officer.
Charges arose after officers responded to request for assistance from another agency at Johnson’s step father’s residence.
Johnson was contacted by law enforcement, where she was discovered to be under the influence of a controlled substance. After being placed under arrest, Johnson fought with officers;
scratching, kicking and hitting, causing injury to two officers. Johnson’s prison sentence was suspended in favor of ten years of supervised probation. Conditions of probation include that she
successfully complete the Community Corrections Program at the VOA in Gillette and complete substance abuse counseling. Johnson was required to pay $4,602.97 in restitution to Workers’ Compensation.
Charles Barton Cureton was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of Aggravated DUI.
On January 5, 2012, while traveling southbound on Hwy 196 near
Kaycee, Cureton crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming vehicle head on.
Both Cureton and the driver of the other vehicle sustained life threatening injuries. Cureton was ordered to pay $160,493.11 in restitution.
January 28: Anthony Dyer and Raymond Ramirez both entered pleas of not guilty in District Court on January 28.
Dyer and Ramirez are charged for their involvement in the series of auto burglaries that occurred in December of 2012.
Dyer faces eight counts of conspiracy to commit burglary. Ramirez faces three counts of burglary and five counts of conspiracy to commit
Each count carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.