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Sorenson gets prison time on meth charges

Posted: Friday, Mar 29th, 2013

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EVANSTON — On March 21, Steven R. Sorenson of Shoshone, Idaho, appeared in Third District Court for sentencing. Sorenson was charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine, and one count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. In a plea agreement offered to Judge Dennis L. Sanderson, prosecutor Blaine Nelson and defense attorney Kent Brown sought dismissal of count one — conspiracy to deliver. Sanderson granted the motion.

It was alleged Sorenson delivered a half ounce of meth in two transactions to Jeffery Schaffer on Jan. 1 in the parking lot of the Evanston Walmart. It was further alleged Sorenson received $1,000 in exchange for the meth.

The affidavit in the case indicated Sorenson has a long history of substance abuse, going back to 1974. Drugs involved in prior cases against Sorenson include alcohol, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. It was stated in court records Sorenson has multiple convictions on drug possession and drug use, but has never been sentenced or ordered by any court to any rehabilitation treatment.

Nelson asked for a sentence of three to seven years in prison, substance abuse treatment while incarcerated and a long period of probation.

Defense attorney Brown asked for substance abuse treatment for the defendant, stating, “He never had treatment, even with all the history.”

“I want to apologize for bringing meth into the community,” Sorenson stated in words to the court.

“You were a pretty big dealer,” Sanderson replied. “You brought a lot of drugs into our community.”

Sorenson was sentenced to 1 1/2 to four years in the Wyoming State Penitentiary, and must pay $150 to the Crime Victim’s Fund, $10 to the indigent services fee and $10 to the court automation fund. Sanderson did not order, but recommended, Sorenson attend the “Thinking For A Change” class and “some sort of inpatient treatment.”

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