Sentencing in District Court

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A Sentencing Hearing was held Thursday in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan for 48-year-old Justin Lyman. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.


In March of this year, Lyman, along with his girlfriend, were arrested in Sheridan County for Felony Possession of Stolen Property. According to court documents, the couple possessed over $19,000 of merchandise that had been stolen from Bob Ward’s, a sporting goods store in Bozeman, Montana. District Court Judge John Fenn, per terms of a plea agreement with the State, sentenced Lyman to 2 ½ to 5 years in prison, with 212 days of credit for time served. Fenn also ordered Lyman to pay $200 to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund and another $95 in various court fees.

Prior to being sentenced, Lyman, requested a deviation from the plea agreement, asking the Court for probation, because of his poor medical condition. Lyman has been diagnosed with severe distal colitis and said that the food in the Sheridan County Detention Center did not adhere to the high fiber diet that he needs. Fenn asked Lyman if he wanted to withdraw from the plea agreement made with the State, to which he said no, he did not trust the discretion of the Court and would do the time that was agreed upon in the plea deal. Fenn told Lyman that the attorneys will let the staff in Rawlins know of his medical issue upon transfer to prison.