Meth distribution suspect gets plea deal; Christian could face up to 7 years in prison

(The Fremont County Courthouse in Lander.)

(Lander, Wyo.) – A plea agreement has been filed in the case against Richard Christian, 46, who was one of several arrested in September in Riverton on charges alleging he conspired to deliver methamphetamine.

Christian pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in Wyoming’s Ninth District Court to a Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance charge. Originally, he was charged with Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver.

Per the agreement, the details of which were revealed in court with Judge Marvin Tyler, Christian will plead guilty to the new charge and both the prosecution and defense may argue for the sentence they deem appropriate. The original charge carried a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. The new charge has a maximum sentence of seven years.

The affidavit filed in the case was used as the primary factual basis for Christian’s guilty plea. At first Christian told Tyler the affidavit was incorrect when it stated he had in his possession 6 to 9 grams of methamphetamine and that the real number was more like 1 to 3 grams. Fremont County Deputy Attorney Ember Oakley said she took the 6 to 9 grams as a total over a couple days. The felony charge he pleaded guilty to requires him to have been in possession of more than 3 grams at one time.

Eventually, Christian said that at one point he did purchase 3 grams while he was still in possession of a little extra that he had saved for himself from a prior sale. Christian admitted to using the product, which confirmed to him that it was indeed methamphetamine.

Christian was represented by Dan Caldwell who asked Tyler to lower bond to $500 or $1,000 with reporting requirements of once a week. Oakley asked Tyler to keep bond at the $25,000 cash or surety that was currently set. Tyler said he would likely lower the bond, but did not give specifics, saying the details would be filed later.

The plea agreement was conditionally accepted, pending a pre-sentence investigation. Christian will be sentenced at a later date.

Read more about his case here.