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By Mark Dykes
Assistant Editor 

Dunks partially sentenced


On June 30, officers from the Thermopolis Police Department, Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming Highway Patrol worked together to stop the driver of a stolen motorcycle that tore through town and his passenger.

According to an agreement the motorcycle driver, Jerome Dunks will plead guilty in District Court to a felony charge of wrongful receiving, concealing or disposing of property $1,000 or more, in exchange for a sentence of 2.5 to four years at the Wyoming State Penitentiary, as well as $3,000 fine to be suspended.

Dunks will also plead guilty on felonies including two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, and interference with an officer, in exchange for a sentence of 180 days in prison, served concurrently, and the state will not recommend imposition of a fine.

In circuit court, Dunks has pleaded to and was sentenced to 20 days, also served concurrently, for driving under suspension, failure to stop a vehicle where an accident involves damage to attended vehicle and failure to stop vehicle where accident involves personal injury. Over 10 additional charges against him were dismissed.

As for the passenger, Samantha Messick, she is bound over to district court on charges of conspiracy to wrongful receiving, concealing or disposing of property, interference with a peace officer and second-offense possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine.


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