County Attorney: 'Dramatic Increase In Felony Charges'

Johnson County and Prosecuting Attorney Ken DeCock.
Johnson County and Prosecuting Attorney Ken DeCock.

Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney Ken DeCock reported in his latest monthly release that the last six weeks have seen a dramatic increase in felony charges being filed by his office.

Those charges included felony charges being filed against nine Buffalo residents and one California resident stemming from the alleged importation and distribution of marijuana.

Also, Alex Ramirez and Charles Reynolds were charged with felony interference with a peace officer for causing or attempting to cause bodily injury to officers.

And Shawn Iverson of Sheridan was charged with a fourth offense DUI, after he was stopped for speeding by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Michael Mondeua was charged with Aggravated Homicide as a result of a crash that occurred north of Kaycee on July 28, 2013. The investigation indicates that Mondeau was intoxicated at the time of the crash and his passenger David Niffenegger was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

David Myers of Buffalo was charged with aggravated assault after an argument with two women. It is alleged that during the confrontation, Myers pointed a pistol at one of the women and threatened to kill her.

Tracey Roberts of Sheridan was arrested for driving while his license was suspended after officers observed him swerving across the center line on Fort Street. During his arrest officers found suspected crystal and liquid methamphetamine in Roberts’ belongings. Roberts was
charged with two additional controlled substance offenses: possession of a controlled substance (3rd offense) and possession of a controlled substance in a liquid form in an amount greater than 3/10 of a gram.

Retha Moffett of Kaycee was charged with one count of cultivating marijuana, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of delivering a controlled substance to a minor.
Clayton Moffett was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of cultivating marijuana. Charges stemmed from a complaint that the Moffett’s were engaged in the cultivation of marijuana. Sheriff’s deputies located a suspected marijuana growing operation and in excess of one pound of suspected processed marijuana.

These Are a summary of events that occurred in District Court in October:

On October 9, Dayton Cudmore of Buffalo, plead not guilty to one count of possession of stolen property. Charges arose when Officer’s received information that one of Cudmore’s roommates, John Hamer, was attempting to get rid of IPods and other electronic devices that he claimed he had stolen. Hamer has previously plead guilty to burglary.

Also on October 9, Rickie Huffman of Banner plead not guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary. Charges arose when an employee of IGA observed Huffman with another individual who was entering vehicles and removing objects. Trial is set for January.

On October 18, Justin Land entered a plea of guilty to one count of possession of stolen property. Land, Dayton Cudmore and John Hamer were co-tenants in an apartment where property that had been stolen from vehicles throughout the area was being stored. Sentencing is
set for December 30th.

Also on October 18, Patrick Spomer plead guilty to one count of first degree child abuse. Spomer admitted to sexually abusing a six year old girl. There is no agreement regarding sentencing, which is set for January 27, 2014. Spomer faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in

On October 28, Karla Sandoval plead guilty to one count of forgery. Sandoval admitted to stealing blank checks from a former friend and issuing them to herself, forging the friend’s name. There is no plea agreement in the matter which is set for sentencing on January
10, 2014. Sandoval faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Trevor Edwards was sentenced on October 28, 2013, after a jury found him guilty of second degree sexual abuse of a minor on August 6, 2013.
DeCock recommended a sentence of 7 to 10 years in prison, but the Court sentenced Edwards to 5-10 years and suspended the sentence in favor of 10 years supervised probation.

Also on October 28, Lynnard Immenshuh plead guilty to one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana. Charges arose when Immenshuh was arrested on a warrant out of Fremont County. When arrested, Immenshuh was found to have several baggies of marijuana
in his backpack. Immenshuh’s arrest initiated the investigation that ultimately resulted in the nine locals being charged with importation and distribution of marijuana. Sentencing is set for January 10, 2014.

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