Riverton man pleads guilty to methamphetamine possession charges, seeks treatment

(Lander, WY) – Leonardo Hernandez, 37, pled guilty to an enhanced penalty felony charge for possession of methamphetamine at his arraignment hearing today, April 29th, 2021.

In February, Hernandez had admittedly been in possession of enough meth for personal use when he was attempting to seek help at a transitional living facility.

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The charged was upgraded to an enhanced penalty because of 3 prior drug offenses occurring since 2016.

As a part of his guilty plea agreement, which sees Hernandez facing 4 to 5 years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine, the sentence will be suspended if Hernandez successfully completes at least 30 days of rehabilitation at an in-patient treatment facility.

Upon successful completion of treatment, Hernandez will also be required to undergo 3 years of probation, with the condition that any failure to abide by the treatment and probation terms will result in the maximum sentence being carried out.

Hernandez made it clear to Judge Conder that treatment is something he is committed to.

A sentencing hearing is set for July 14th.

To follow any additional information on this case as it progresses, click here.

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