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Councilwoman Smith pleads guilty to DUI

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan City Councilwoman arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol last spring changed her plea to guilty at a hearing Thursday in Sheridan County Circuit Court.

Shelleen Smith had previously entered a written not guilty plea in the days following the incident.

Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff sentenced Smith to one year of unsupervised probation subject to several terms. Among them, Smith is prohibited from entering bars and liquor stores.

Should she violate those terms, she faces 89 days in jail.

Smith also faces $390 in fines, court fees and contributions to a crime victims’ compensation fund.

Deputy Sheridan County Attorney Dianna Bennett said the sentence is standard among first time offenders.

“We very seldom ever deviate from that,” she said.

Smith was arrested by the Sheridan Police Department shortly after midnight on April 26 while driving down Big Horn Avenue near Absaraka Street.

According to court documents, she refused to take a portable breath test on scene, but a subsequent test revealed her blood alcohol content to be .12. The legal limit to drive is .08.

Smith was elected to represent Ward 1 last November and assumed the post early this year.

She declined to comment after leaving the courtroom Thursday.

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Paolo Cisneros

Paolo Cisneros joined The Sheridan Press staff in August 2012. He covers business, energy and public safety. A Chicago native, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011.

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