An arraignment was held for 21-year-old Sheridan resident Jeremiah Johnson Tuesday in 4th Judicial District Court in Sheridan. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter was there and has the story.
Johnson plead “Not Guilty” to two counts of Felony 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse of a Minor. Court documents state that in October of last year, Johnson allegedly unlawfully and knowingly inflicted sexual intrusion on a minor between the ages of 13 and 15. District Court Judge John Fenn set a two day trial date of August 29th and 30th.
Johnson's Attorney, Ryan Healy requested that the $20,000 cash bond be modified since his client had no prior criminal history. Fenn agreed to modify the bond making it a 10 percent cash posted bond with the stipulation that Johnson have no contact with minors outside the presence of another adult, and that he live with his mother. 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse of a Minor is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, or any combination of both.
Also from District Court, 42-year-old Keenan Burton was sentenced for failing to register as a convicted sex offender. Burton was convicted of a sex crime in 2001 in North Carolina and failed to register as a sex offender when he moved to Wyoming last year and began working at Bear Lodge. Defense Attorney Ryan Healy argued leniency for his client since he had no criminal history since his conviction in 2001 and that he had been in Sheridan County less than two weeks before his arrest for failing to register.
Judge Fenn sentenced Burton to 2 to 4 years, suspended in lieu of a one year split sentence and four years supervised probation following his release from jail. Burton also received 260 days credit for time served.