Former Sheridan County resident sentenced for sex assault of a minor

SHERIDAN — Hearings regarding sex offenses highlighted Thursday’s proceedings in 4th Judicial District Court.

Quientin Huckeba was sentenced to five years of supervised probation in lieu of a prison sentence for third degree sex abuse of a minor.

Court documents indicate that while an employee of Normative Services Inc. in Sheridan, Huckeba had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old student.

Arguing for probation in lieu of prison time, Sheridan County Deputy and Prosecuting Attorney Dianna Bennett said while Huckeba’s actions are unacceptable, the act was consensual.

After enduring several interviews with law enforcement regarding the incident, the victim simply wanted it to be known that the act occurred, Bennett said.

Judge John G. Fenn presided over the hearing and called the act disturbing. He also ordered Huckeba to register as a sex offender.

“Whether you’re getting lucky with 17-year-old girls or sneaking into someone’s window at night and holding them down, the community will view you as a sex offender,” Fenn said.

South Dakota man pleads guilty to failing to register as a sex offender

SHERIDAN — Appearing before Judge William Edelman in 4th Judicial District Court Thursday, Michael Paul Jurkowski pleaded guilty for failing to register as a sex offender.

According to court documents, Jurkowski was arrested after soliciting work on the Sheridan Upcycle Facebook page. Jurkowski used an alias, according to court files.

A sentencing date has not been set. Early this month, Jurkowski pleaded guilty to felony theft.

Failing to register as a sex offender is punishable by up to five years imprisonment.

Sheridan man sentenced for second-degree sexual assault

SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man is going to prison for four to eight years after pleading guilty to second-degree sexual assault.

Michael Green was initially charged with first-degree sexual assault, but the charges were downgraded after Green agreed to plead no contest to the allegations.

The charges stem from a May 21 incident.

At the time of the incident, his victim left his home and asked the neighbors to notify the Sheridan Police Department.

The victim recanted her story in May and said she made it up to manipulate Green.

Arguing for a lighter sentence, defense attorney Angela Long said because Green’s victim recanted her testimony, the court could never know what happened for a fact.

Given the opportunity to make a statement, Green said the incident was the result of a severe methamphetamine addiction.

“I take full responsibility for my actions. Things got out of control — it breaks my heart every day,” Green said.

Sheridan County Deputy and Prosecuting Attorney Dianna Bennett noted Green’s prior criminal history, which included other felonies committed in Wyoming.

“I have to wonder, given the extensive criminal history you bring to this court, how many times you’ve sat in that chair and said the things you just said,” said Judge William Edelman in 4th Judicial District Court. “You are clearly a product and result of somebody who truly has an addiction to methamphetamine.”

Green was also sentenced for a burglary that occurred in Johnson County. He will serve the sentences concurrently.

Sheridan man sentenced for selling LSD 

SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man was given a supervised probation sentence for an incident that led to an emergency room visit for a 17-year-old Sheridan resident.

Fourth Judicial District Court Judge John G. Fenn sentenced Pierce Welter to five years of supervised probation in lieu of 3-6 years in prison.

According to court documents, Welter sold LSD to a minor who later made a visit to the emergency room after experiencing hallucinations.

“If I were the parent of that girl, I’d be livid,” Fenn said. “You’re 30 years old now. The hippie lifestyle for you is over.”

Sheridan man pleads not guilty to accessory before, after the fact

SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man pleaded not guilty to accessory before the fact and after the fact to aggravated assault.

Devon Baker is facing up to 13 years of imprisonment, a fine of $13,000 or both if he is convicted.

Court documents allege that Baker provided Darran Gilmore a .380 Hi-Point handgun that Gilmore subsequently used to hold an adult male at gunpoint. Gilmore asked to borrow the gun and told Baker he intended to use it to “scare” his victim into giving him methamphetamine he believed was stolen from him.

“The underlying crime here is a crime of violence,” Sheridan County Deputy and Prosecuting Attorney Christopher LaRosa said during the arraignment hearing.

Fourth Judicial District Court Judge William Edelman modified Baker’s bond to a $10,000 surety bond.

As a condition of his release, Baker will live with his father and will only leave the house to go to work.

“If you decide to step out of line, your mom and dad are going to be worried they’re on the hook for $10,000. Their first call is not going to be to (your attorney); it’s going to be to law enforcement or Mr. LaRosa,” Edelman said.

A trial date has not yet been set.