Two Plea Changes in District Court Wednesday

There were a couple of plea changes in District Court Wednesday.
There were a couple of plea changes in District Court Wednesday.

17-year-old John “JJ” Hatch changed his plea in District Court Wednesday on a number of felony charges. Hatch plead guilty to an amended charge of Felony Robbery.

On January 30, 2010, Hatch and two others, Dillon Sutherlin and Gerald Hamlin, robbed and beat David Simmons at gunpoint at his home in Sheridan. The three individuals stole a large bag of marijuana from Simmons. Terms of the plea agreement for the Robbery charge are that Hatch serve 4-6 years in prison.

Hatch also plead guilty to four counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Between September and December of 2009, Hatch sold methamphetamine and marijuana to an informant in Sheridan. As terms of the plea agreement, Hatch could receive 4-6 years for each count of Delivery, with each count suspended in lieu of 5 years of probation. District Court Judge John Fenn ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing date of November 12th.

Also yesterday morning, 56-year-old Michael Kinzer changed his plea on four felony counts of Obtaining Property Under False Pretenses, and one felony count of Fraud by Check. Kinzer's plea agreement with the State, should Judge Fenn accept the terms, is 3-5 years in prison on the first count, and 4-6 years on each remaining count to run concurrently to each other, but consecutively to count one, and that he be placed on 5 years of supervised probation.

Kinzer will also have to pay over $47,000 in restitution for his actions. Between January of 2007 and January of 2008, Kinzer entered into contracts with three individuals in Sheridan County, where he accepted money for services not provided. Kinzer also faces similar charges in Johnson County.

Judge Fenn did not set a sentencing date, but indicated that one would be set soon between the Court and Kinzer's Defense Attorney Robert Jones.

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