Three Arraigned in District Court

New addition of Sheridan County Courthouse, which houses 4th Judicial District Court.
New addition of Sheridan County Courthouse, which houses 4th Judicial District Court.

43-year-old Margery Voiles was arraigned in 4th Judicial Court Tuesday morning on one count of Felony Child Endangering and one Misdemeanor count of Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine.

On January 21st of this year, Voiles was arrested for having in her home the meth and using it while her 8-month-old son was in her care. She made a plea of “Guilty” on both counts before Judge John Fenn. Bond was modified to have her report to Probation & Parole to arrange pre-sentencing appointments, and she was instructed to make weekly contact with her attorney, Shelly Cundiff. Because of a very full court docket, Judge Fenn informed all legal counsel present that sentencing dates for the next several cases will be a few weeks out. Voiles faces a sentence of not more than five years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.

19-year-old Justin Loughan [pronounced lock-in] was arraigned on April 13th on one count of “Aggravated Burglary,” but his attorney, Erin Wardell, made a motion to have the count amended to “Burglary.” Judge Fenn granted the motion. Loughan and his accomplice, 18-year-old Chad Gardner of Buffalo, worked together to burgle the home of Sheridan resident Dale Gleason on January 15th of this year.

Loughan told Judge Fenn that while he stood outside the house and spoke to Gardner on the phone, he instructed Gardner where to find a bottle of prescription medicine and a gun from a locked gun case.

Loughan made a plea of “Guilty” in exchange for a plea agreement of a possible 3-5 year sentence in the state penitentiary. The charge typically carries a possible sentence of ten years in prison, a fine of $10,000 or both.

As for Gardner, prosecutor for the State, Darci Arsene, learned a couple weeks ago of his sudden death. Gardner died Thursday, March 25th at his home.

And 51-year-old Steven Campbell was also arraigned Tuesday morning in District Court on a Felony DUI charge dating back to June 7, 2009. This was the third DUI Campbell had been charged with in the last five years. He entered a “No Contest” plea, which the State did not anticipate. Prosecutor for the State, Diana Bennett, told Judge Fenn she thought he was planning to take a plea of Guilty in exchange for 18 – 24 months in the state penitentiary.

Campbell's attorney, Robert Jones, asked the judge if he could be sentenced that same morning because Campbell was scheduled to be transferred to Campbell County for DUI charges he received in January of this year.

Judge Fenn sentenced him to not less than 18 and not more than 24 months in the state penitentiary with credit for time served in the Sheridan Detention Center.

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