Man enters pleas for eluding police

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SHERIDAN — A man, initially thought to be an active shooter by the community, was arrested on two misdemeanor and two felony charges Wednesday and entered pleas in Sheridan County Circuit Court Thursday.

Jack Fleenor, 39, pleaded guilty to interference with a peace officer and fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, both misdemeanor charges. For the interference charge, Fleenor faces up to one year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. For the fleeing charge, he faces up to six months in jail and a $750 fine.

Two additional charges were not formally filed by the time court began but were addressed by Sheridan County Prosecuting Attorney Dianna Bennett.

Fleenor initially pleaded no contest to the charges of aggravated assault and battery and battery, both felonies, before being advised that a no contest plea will be recognized as guilty and will move forward accordingly.

He then changed his pleas to not guilty and will fill out paperwork to receive court-appointed counsel.

Bennett said according to the affidavit of probable cause, Fleenor allegedly threatened two victims with a firearm and punched one of the two victims several times. He then left the scene.

Law enforcement stopped the man, who exited his vehicle and allegedly approached law enforcement with a firearm.

Fleenor then went back into his vehicle and led law enforcement on a chase for 15 miles until he was eventually stopped near Sheridan. The man was arrested without incident, according to a press release from Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday.

Bennett suggested a cash bond and no contact with the victims.

For the misdemeanors, the court established a $1,500 unsecured bond and a $10,000 cash bond for the felony charges.

Future court hearings will be scheduled at a later date.

By |Mar. 15, 2019|

About the Author:

Ashleigh Fox joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as the public safety and city government reporter before moving into the managing editor position in November 2018. She is a native of Colorado and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles, CA. Before working in Sheridan, she worked as a sports editor for the Sidney Herald in Sidney, Montana. Email Ashleigh at: ashleigh.fox@thesheridanpress.com

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