Man pleads guilty to abuse of vulnerable adults

SHERIDAN — Zachary Grasky pleaded guilty to count one, felony property destruction and two counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult per a plea agreement in 4th Judicial District Court Thursday.

If the court accepts the terms of the plea agreement, Grasky will be sentenced to two to five years incarceration, suspended in lieu of two years supervised probation for count one, consecutive to one year supervised probation each for counts two and three.

Grasky would be sentenced to six months incarceration for count two, all but 60 days of which would be suspended.

Grasky was arrested May 11 on suspicion of abuse of a vulnerable adult, interference with a peace officer and was cited for driving while suspended and property destruction.

May 12, Grasky said during an interview with law enforcement officers that he transported two residents of Eagle Ridge to his residence and gave them alcohol, according to court documents.

When officers responded to a call from Grasky’s roommate that one of the clients was on the ground outside the house, Grasky admitted to driving while intoxicated to pick up both clients.

Grasky was physically combative during his arrest and dented a patrol vehicle by kicking it as he was placed in the vehicle in handcuffs.

Officers used knee strikes to get Grasky into the patrol car, court documents said.

Grasky pleaded not guilty to all charges June 26. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2020, at 10 a.m.

 

Man pleads guilty to vehicle theft from Sheridan Motors

SHERIDAN — Joshua Kaplan pleaded guilty to felony theft during a change of plea hearing in 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday. Kaplan’s case was set for a jury trial Nov. 4 but vacated for a change of plea.

A plea agreement caps the state at arguing for four to six years incarceration while the defendant retains the right to argue the terms of his punishment at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Jan. 9, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.

Theft of an item valued more than $1,000 is a felony, which carries potential punishments of up to 10 years incarceration and up to $10,000 in fines.

Kaplan initially pleaded not guilty to the charge July 9.

Kaplan admitted to stealing a vehicle valued at approximately $30,000 from Sheridan Motors May 7, changing the license plates on the vehicle and fleeing Sheridan County before being caught in Minnesota.

Kaplan performed acquisitions while in the military and possesses the necessary technical skill required to steal a new vehicle, he said in court.

County Prosecuting Attorney Dianna Bennett said a Sheridan Motors employee identified Kaplan and his codefendant by photo and video surveillance from an adjacent business showed the two changing license plates on stolen vehicles.

The employee claimed the two test-drove a used vehicle, then returned to test-drive a new Ram truck, which the employee found suspicious, Bennett said.

The employee said Kaplan remarked that the technology employees used to unlock vehicles could be decoded and would make stealing a vehicle easy.

Kaplan confirmed in court that test driving the two vehicles was part of a theft scheme.

Kaplan’s bond was revoked and he was remanded into the custody of the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office immediately after the hearing Tuesday.

 

Man pleads guilty to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine

SHERIDAN — Joshua Gibson pleaded guilty to felony possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana per a plea agreement in 4th Judicial Court Thursday. If the court accepts the terms of the plea agreement, Gibson would serve four to six years incarceration for the methamphetamine charge and 120 days in the Sheridan County Detention Center for the marijuana charge.

The felony sentence would be suspended for a split sentence of 180 days incarceration, three years supervised probation and required completion of a residential treatment program.

The methamphetamine charge carries potential punishments of 20 years incarceration and up to $25,000 in fines. The misdemeanor charge carries potential punishments of up to one year incarceration and up to $1,000 in fines.

Law enforcement officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle July 20 and found Gibson inside the vehicle, asleep with his foot on the brake and vehicle running, according to court documents.

When an officer woke Gibson and asked if he needed medical attention, Gibson declined. Gibson was subsequently arrested on two warrants from Lincoln County and Billings, Montana.

During a vehicle inventory, officers found substances, which tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine as well as plastic bags, syringes, a scale and nearly $200 in cash.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2020 at 10:45 a.m.