(Lander, Wyo.) – Ninth District Court Judge Norman E. Young tentatively accepted a plea agreement in the case of 40-year-old Dubois man Trampes Rivers, who has been charged with methamphetamine-related crimes.
If Young formally accepts the agreement, Rivers would receive a 5-10 year prison sentence suspended for 5 years of Intensive Supervised Probation. Should he violate the probation, he would have to serve the prison term. Young will not accept the plea agreement until after he’s had a chance to review a pre-sentence investigation.
If Young rejects the plea agreement, Rivers would be allowed to withdraw his plea and essentially start back at square one. Prior to the plea agreement, Rivers was facing a maximum of 45 years in prison and/or fines up to $75,000.
Rivers pleaded guilty to Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine in court this afternoon, telling Young that “an individual came over to my house and I sold him meth.” He said he sold the man $20 worth of the drug, approximately half a gram.
The plea agreement stipulates that a second charge of Unlawful Clandestine Laboratory Operations would be dismissed. The state alleges that Rivers manufactured meth in his Dubois apartment. (Read more about that charge here.)
Rivers was released today on an unsecured $50,000 bond. The plea agreement stipulates that if Rivers violates his bond conditions, he would face the maximum penalty provided by the charge he pleaded guilty to, 20 years and/or $20,000 in fines.
Fremont County Attorney Michael Bennett said at the start of the arraignment hearing that he was not in favor of the plea agreement, which he said had been offered by one of his deputies outside of office policy. However, because his deputies speak on his behalf, he said he did not feel it right to take the agreement off the table as he had intended to do.