Riverton man get 45 to 50 years in prison for sexual assault of a minor child
(Lander, Wyo.) – A 28-year-old Riverton man was sentenced to 45 to 50 years in prison Wednesday at Fremont County District Court in Lander in a sexual assault case. Chad Oleson pleaded no contest to a charge of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Minor in an incident that was reported to law enforcement in October of 2016.
Fremont County and Prosecuting Attorney Patrick LeBrun said several other lesser charges against Olseon were dismissed in exchange for the no contest plea, but no sentencing agreement was part of the agreement. Judge Norman Young had the option to sentence Oleson to a maximum 50 years on the charge, and he decided on a near maximum 45 to 50 year prison term, plus court costs.
LeBrun said Deputy County Attorney Tim Hancock handled the prosecution’s case.
Local criminal defense attorneyJonathan Gerard emailed County10.com with more information on sentencing options for felony cases: His comment is printed in total below:
“I am a local criminal defense attorney. I just want to point out that in Wyoming, we have indeterminate sentencing for felonies, which is why sentences for felonies are always a range (such as 2-5 years, or 45-50 years). So a 45-50 year sentence for a crime that has a maximum penalty of 50 years (50 is the max for first degree sexual abuse of a minor) is the MAXIMUM that the judge can impose because 45 is 90% of the upper term that was imposed. The statute is copied below.
§ 7-13-201. Maximum and minimum term
Except where a term of life is required by law, or as otherwise provided by W.S. 7-13-101, when a person is sentenced for the commission of a felony, the court imposing the sentence shall not fix a definite term of imprisonment but shall establish a maximum and minimum term within the limits authorized for the statute violated. The maximum term shall not be greater than the maximum provided by law for the statute violated, and the minimum term shall not be less than the minimum provided by law for the statute violated, nor greater than ninety percent (90%) of the maximum term imposed.”
NOTE: Generally the terms nolo contendere and no contest are used inter-changeably in the legal community. The operation of a no contest plea is similar to a plea of guilty. A defendant who enters a no contest plea concedes the charges alleged without disputing or admitting guilt and without offering a defense. – Source: legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com