Not Guilty Plea in District Court

New section of Sheridan County Courthouse
New section of Sheridan County Courthouse

17-year-old John “JJ” Hatch was arraigned in 4th Judicial District Court Friday morning on two separate cases.

Represented by attorney Scott Powers, the first case contains two counts: Count 1 – Use or Exhibiting Use of a Deadly Weapon on January 30th, 2010 against David Simmons in the process of committing a larceny, making it Aggravated Robbery. The charge carries a potential sentence of not less than five and not more than 25 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

Count 2 – Aiding and Abetting Jessie Hamlin and Dillon Sutherlin in the process of committing larceny. The charge also carries a potential sentence of not less than five and not more than 25 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

The second case contains three counts: Count 1 – On December 9th, 2009 for Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine; Count 2 – on December 10th, 2009 for Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine; and Count 3 – on December 13th, 2009 for Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana.

The first two counts in this case carry a potential sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of $25,000, or both; Count 3 carries a potential sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

Hatch plead “Not Guilty” on all five charges. A pre-trial conference is set for mid-July, with trials stacked and set for August 25th and 26th of 2010.

His $25,000 cash bond has been continued, and he will remain incarcerated in the Sheridan County Detention Center.

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Accountability

People need to live their lives by the three R's... RESPECT for yourself...RESPECT for others and RESPONSIBILTY for their actions. This young man needs to own his actions in this crime. Ownership is a huge step toward changing his life. Everyone can make a bad choice, recognize your part and learn from it. Pleading not guilty is only a legal strategy, trying to find an escape route. Accept your responsibilty, accept the consequences and then get on with your life. Go do something that you and your family can be can be proud of. Your involvement in this doesn't make you a bad person only someone who made a bad choice. Learn from this and change your life.