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Judge modifies sentence in time for defendant to catch weekend flight for job training, ‘new life’

“A meeting of the minds supports this modification,” Assistant District Attorney Blaine Nelson said.

Circuit Court Judge Nichole Collier presides over initial appearances (Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — A circuit court judge modified a Natrona County man’s two-week jail sentence on Friday so that he could catch a weekend flight for job training and a new life in Saudi Arabia.

The defendant, age 49, was scheduled to be released on Monday after pleading guilty on March 3 to two misdemeanor counts of meth possession. He was given 14 days’ jail with credit for time served.

When pleading, he had believed he would get credit for six days, but was informed at the detention center that he only had two days’ credit, the man explained to the court in a letter.

He further explained at a sentence modification hearing Friday that he had a new oil field job in Saudi Arabia, where he hoped to begin “a new life altogether.” 

He told Judge Nichole Collier he had a flight to catch on Saturday to training in Houston, with a layover in Dallas.

Assistant District Attorney Blaine Nelson said the state’s attorney in the case had been consulted.

“A meeting of the minds supports this modification,” Nelson said. 

Collier granted the request. “Best of luck to you in Saudi Arabia.”