Four plead not guilty in various drug, assault cases

Jul 19, 2015 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Four defendants pleaded not guilty to charges in unrelated cases in Lander District Court on July 9.

Aleck Vavas pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to deliver controlled substances, possession with the intent to deliver methadone and unlawful delivery of oxycodone, and faces up to 50 years in prison.

Vavas and his wife, Anneka, own the Rodeway Inn & Suites, 611 W. Main St., in Riverton, and the pair allegedly sold prescription drugs from their business.

Lander District Court Judge Norman E. Young set Vavas's trial for Sept. 21. His wife pleaded not guilty previously and has the same trial date.

Raymond Ralph Strickland Jr., 48, of Riverton, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and had a trial set for Dec. 7, the same as nine of his co-defendants.

He was arrested in the largest meth-conspiracy case in recent memory in Fremont County that saw 13 individuals charged.

Terry L. Schmuck, 46, of Kinnear, pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder. Investigators think he attacked his wife, Cindy Schmuck, with a hatchet on May 28 at her home in the 100 block of Windy Flat Drive near Kinnear after she served him with divorce papers earlier that day.

Young set Terry Schmuck's trial for Nov. 2.

Benjamin Dean Stanley, 31, of Pavillion, pleaded not guilty to influencing, intimidating or impeding an officer, driving under the influence and interference with a police officer. Investigators think Stanley threatened a Fremont County Sheriff's Office deputy as the deputy brought the defendant to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office after Stanley was arrested for allegedly driving drunk.

Young set Stanley's trial for Nov. 2 as well.

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