A 20-year-old Sheridan man was sentenced Tuesday in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan for the charge of Felony Larceny. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has the details.
In March of last year, Taran Schlegel led authorities on a high-speed chase that began in Sheridan and ended up in Johnson County, where he crashed the stolen vehicle he was driving and was apprehended following a short pursuit on foot. During sentencing, Prosecuting Attorney for the State, Darci Phillips said that the defendant has taken the necessary positive steps towards rehabilitation, and recommended a suspended sentence with a lengthy prison term hanging over his head to keep him on track.
Schlegel's Defense Attorney, Ryan Healy stated to the Court that his client had just recently moved back to Sheridan after spending over a year at an in-patient treatment facility in Rock Springs, and that “what we are trying to get these young kids to do who are in the system, he's done”.
District Court Judge John Fenn commended Schlegel on the steps he's taken to turn his life around, but reminded him that, “this is just the beginning, and that there's a long road ahead of him”. Prior to being sentenced, Schlegel addressed the Court by saying that he's realized what recovery is about and what responsibility is about. He also expressed his gratitude toward the Court for allowing him to get help for his drinking problem.
Fenn sentenced Schlegel to 4 to 6 years in prison, suspended in lieu of four years supervised probation.