In 4th Judicial District Court Thursday morning, 25-year-old Tyler Padgett changed his plea to "Guilty" of Felony Larceny pursuant to a plea agreement with the State.
Padgett is accused of stealing a specialized bike from Back Country Bicycles in Sheridan on July 9, 2009. Padgett admitted to taking the bike by telling the shop he was "testing it." He instead put the bike in a pick-up and headed for Casper. The following day, he told Judge John Fenn, he headed for Colorado, and along the way dismantled the bike for parts, discarding what he didn't want in a ditch along the highway.
The plea agreement recommends that Padgett be sentenced to 24 - 48 months suspended jail time and put on four years of supervised probation, as well as paying restitution of approximately $2,000 to Back Country Bicycles. Judge Fenn will conduct a pre-sentence investigation. Because Padgett pled guilty, there is no guarantee that he will not do jail time. Padgett is scheduled for sentencing on April 22, 2010.
Also from District Court Thursday, 27-year-old Tyler Feaster of Sheridan was arraigned on charges of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the Third Degree, for which he pled "not guilty."
Getting to the plea took a fair amount of time, as Judge John Fenn spent about a half-hour determining whether or not Feaster was capable of understanding what was happening to him. Feaster had told Judge Fenn that he was on numerous different medications for bi-polar disorder. Finally satisfied he could proceed, Judge Fenn asked for Feaster's plea.
The case involves an incident that occurred July 31, 2009 in the game room of the Sheridan Wal-Mart. Feaster allegedly touched an 11-year-old girl on her bottom.
A July 28th, 2010 trial date has been set. The felony charge carries a punishment of not more than fifteen years in prison, up to a $10,000 fine, or both.
And news from the Department of Justice, District of Wyoming in Cheyenne -- 56-year-old Mary L. Lund of Buffalo, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on February 9th for theft of a juvenile's social security benefits. Lund received three years supervised probation and was ordered to pay $4,207 in restitution. This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration.