A hearing was held Tuesday in 4th Judicial District Court in Sheridan on a Motion to Withdraw the Guilty Plea of Defendant Steven Kruger, who previously plead guilty to Felony Child Abuse and two misdemeanors, Child Endangerment and Unlawful Use of a Controlled Substance. The defendant's Attorney, Ryan Healy, argued that at the time of the plea change, his client did not fully understand what he was getting into by changing his plea, and that he was under the assumption that the two misdemeanor charges would be dismissed with his pleading guilty to the Felony Child Abuse charge.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Darci Arsene replied by saying to the Court that if there were fair and just cause for the motion, that the State would have no objection to it. She went on to say that Healy essentially supplied no evidence on why the guilty plea should be allowed to be withdrawn and that the defendant acknowledged numerous times during the plea change that he fully understood what was happening and what he was doing by entering the guilty plea.
When Kruger accepted the plea agreement with the State just prior to his scheduled arraignment, he was then represented by Public Defender Robert Jackson from Gillette. 4th Judicial District Court Judge John Fenn said that he would take the matter under advisement and issue a ruling later this week.
Judge Fenn set a trial date of March 2nd if he grants the motion to withdraw the guilty plea, and a sentencing date of March 10th if he denies the motion. Healy expressed to the Court that if at all possible, the sentencing date could be changed if the Court denies the motion, as he has a trial in Gillette on that day.