Sheridan Man Sentenced in District Court

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A Sheridan man was sentenced Thursday in Fourth Judicial District Court for a number of charges stemming from an incident in Ranchester last March. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

On March 13 last year, Jack Fleenor was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and Battery, a felony, and three misdemeanors, Interference with a Peace Officer, Attempt to Elude a Peace Officer, and Battery. The charges were the result of an incident where Fleenor barged into a home in Ranchester and physically assaulted a male individual at the residence and threatened the male and an adult female with a firearm. Before leaving the residence, Fleenor discharged the firearm into the floor of the home. Fleenor was located by troopers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol on Interstate 90 near Sheridan and a pursuit ensued.

The Highway Patrol, Sheridan County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Sheridan Police Department were all involved in the chase when Fleenor pulled over and exited the vehicle with the firearm held to his head while approaching law enforcement. Fleenor ignored commands from law enforcement and returned to his vehicle, where he drove off and continued driving for approximately 15 minutes, before stopping again on the westbound on-ramp of I-90 at Exit 33. After an hour-and-a-half of negotiations with law enforcement, Fleenor surrendered, and was taken into custody without incident.

Thursday, District Court Judge William Edelman accepted the terms of the plea agreement reached with the State and sentenced Fleenor to 4 to 5 years in prison for the felony charge, suspended, in lieu of three years of supervised probation, and 90 days in jail for the misdemeanor battery charge, suspended in lieu of six-months of supervised probation, and 90 days for the misdemeanor interference charge, also suspended in favor of one-year of supervised probation. The sentences for the misdemeanors will run concurrent to the sentence for the felony conviction. The eluding charge was dismissed as part of the plea deal with the prosecution. Judge Edelman ordered Fleenor to pay $1,260 in various court costs and attorney fees, and $1,105 in restitution.