In 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday morning, 19-year-old Justin Loughan of Sheridan received 3 to 5 years in the State Penitentiary in Rawlins, with credit for 198 days served in the Sheridan County Detention Center. The sentence was per a plea agreement with the State; Loughan entered a "Guilty" plea on April 13th on one count of Burglary for his involvement in stealing prescription drugs from the home of Dale Gleason on January 15th of this year.
In court Tuesday, it was revealed that there had been some question as to Loughan's competency to proceed with the sentencing, as he had been cited twice for battery while in jail. Judge John Fenn said that he received a mental evaluation from the Wyoming State Hospital on July 26th indicating that Loughan has been diagnosed with Anti-social Personality Disorder, but that he was found competent. Loughan told the judge that medication he is now on has been helping him.
State prosecutor Darci Arsene said she finds the sentence appropriate and that Loughan can receive help through the programs in Rawlins. Loughan's attorney, Erin Wardell, said that he has also indicated a desire to receive a GED. Given his young age, she added, by the time he gets out of prison, his whole life is before him.
Before adjourning, Judge Fenn told Loughan, “You have a decision to make to turn your life around; it's up to you.”
Loughan's parents, who were seated in the courtroom, told their son they loved him. He said, “I love you, too” and was escorted from the courtroom.