Sheridan Teen to Undergo Treatment While Awaiting Sentencing on Drug Charges

Sheridan teen changers her plea in District Court.
Sheridan teen changers her plea in District Court.

An Arraignment in 4th Judicial District Court was held for 18-year-old Aline McWilliams of Sheridan Thursday. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter was there and has more on the story.

McWilliams is charged with three counts; felony Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin; felony Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine; and misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana. She was arrested along with her boyfriend Trevor Dunham in late April when the two were pulled over on I-90 in Sheridan County after purchasing drugs in Denver to bring back to Sheridan for distribution.

McWilliams plead “Guilty” to all three charges, which was not part of a plea agreement with the State. Her Attorney, Joelle Hadley-Day requested that her client be allowed to enter an inpatient treatment program at the Central Wyoming Counseling Center in Casper while awaiting sentencing. When asked by District Court Judge John Fenn why McWilliams couldn't undergo treatment in Sheridan, Hadley-Day replied that she has more confidence in the treatment offered in Casper than what her client would receive locally through Volunteers of America Northern Rockies.

Prosecuting Attorney for the State, Darci Arsene stated to the Court that while she's not against the defendant seeking treatment, she felt that having her undergo treatment now as opposed to after sentencing may be “putting the cart before the horse”. Arsene pointed out to the Court that McWilliams was on probation with Juvenile Justice for drug use when she was arrested and that she had previously refused treatment while on probation.

Judge Fenn changed McWilliams' bond to an unsecured $25,000 bond allowing her to take part in the treatment program in Casper. She will be released from the Sheridan County Detention Center Monday, July 18th at 9 am and will have to check into the treatment center by 1 o'clock. Judge Fenn ordered a presentence investigation and deferred entering McWilliams' guilty pleas until sentencing, which is set for October, 20th at 11:30 am.

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