Rivers pleads guilty to selling methamphetamine, likely will serve 5 years supervised probation

(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.

15 Comments

  1. Jodi Moll

    I call BS!

  2. Lilayne Hereford

    Geez getting of easy!!

  3. Shannon M. Hurtado

    Wtf?!? If that was a native he would have had to do the time!!

  4. Brandon Fuzz Mcnamara

    Time for a good Ole Country Hangin, Do it like the Old Days, Wal Mart Parking Lot, Bring the Family, Hot Dogs and Drinks served;)

  5. Susan Sutherland

    Ridiculous!

  6. Kathryn Matlack

    Just lost my vote, Bennett.

  7. Tami Hansen

    I'd say fire the deputy that made the "deal". We do not have a justice system, we have a joke system.

  8. Gail Bertagnolli-Rae

    I doubt he'll make the 5 years probation.

  9. Carrie Faga-Davis

    We don't need him around. This town needs to set an example of no tolerance of drugs. He's had enough chances.

  10. John Clark

    Fire the deputies

  11. Kevin Ziebarth

    5 years probation?! Oh heck no!

  12. Jeana R Davis

    You have got to be kidding me…unbelievable. Nothing like a slap on the hand for this idiot! What a joke!

  13. Dixie Matlack

    Looks like all he got was free advertising to build up his client list even more. Thank the spinelessness of Fremont County Law enforcement. makes me wonder about kick-backs.

  14. I can not believe what our justice system has become. Get the drugs off the streets but no, just give him a little love tap and tell him not to do it again. What a bunch of bs!

  15. Moneta Watan

    Exactly!!!

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