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Riverton woman pleads guilty to drug charges
Nov 24, 2013 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer
A Riverton woman pleaded guilty to drug charges this month as part of an agreement requiring her to undergo addiction treatment.
Abigail White, 22, of Riverton, also could receive a lesser sentence as part of the plea deal.
She was arrested in May in connection with a countywide drug bust.
White pleaded guilty Nov. 7 to one count of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Through her agreement with prosecutors, however, White could be sentenced to five years of supervised probation if she successfully completes a drug addiction program.
If White does not successfully complete the treatment, she will not be able to change her plea, and she could face the maximum incarceration time.
"Are you sure you want to do this?" 9th Judicial District Court Judge Norman E. Young asked.
He said White did not have to plead guilty.
"We can have a trial and a jury will determine (the sentence)," Young said. "No one is forcing you (to do this)."
White assured Young that she wanted to proceed with the plea agreement.
Young asked White to prove her guilt by describing the incident that resulted in her arrest for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.
White told the judge she had begun selling drugs for Tim Pitt because of her own addiction.
Pitt, 32, of Hudson, is accused of leading the meth distribution ring in Fremont County. He is scheduled to stand trial Dec. 14 in federal court in Casper.
White said she met with Pitt more than 20 times between December 2012 and May 2013. She said she would buy from Pitt, or he would give her the drugs and expect payment later. She would then sell the drugs for a profit and have some of the substance left over for herself.
Young asked if she was sure the substance was methamphetamine and not something else made to look like the drug.
"It was methamphetamine," White said.
Young accepted the guilty plea and allowed White's parents to transfer her to the treatment facility, Southwest Counseling in Rock Springs.
"You got a lot riding here," Young said. "Do well."
White nodded and said, "I will."
Sentencing will take place at a later date once White receives treatment.