Apr 1, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff WriterA key figure in a methamphetamine operation has been sentenced to five years probation with an underlying sentence of five to 10 years.
Travis Fauque received his sentence March 27 in Lander's Ninth District Court from Judge Norman E. Young.
Fauque, of Lander, pleaded guilty in August to one count of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine -- a felony charge. He was one of seven convicted after a countywide-meth busted in May for a drug-distribution ring headed by Timothy Pitt of Hudson.
The maximum sentence for conspiracy to deliver meth is 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Deputy Fremont County attorney Tom Majdic argued for an underlying sentence of 10 to 12 years in prison.
"There is a potential to get released early if he is on the right path," Majdic said.
One of the reasons for the longer sentence is, Majdic argued, is that Fauque "every couple of months gets in trouble."
Fauque's public defender, John Joseph Deleon, said he considered all sides of the argument and requested a probation period of five years with an underlying sentence of five to 10 years.
"(Fauque) has had mostly a non-violent criminal history," Deleon argued, noting situations Fauque was in at ages 16, 19 and 20.
Deleon said he also considered the sentences of the other people involved in the meth bust and where his client fell within that group, noting that Fauque sold to about five or six people who, from his understanding, were not selling the meth they received.
Deleon also noted Fauque had a treatment facility lined up, so that if the Young were to approve a probation sentence, Fauque could be in treatment that same day.
"Too little (of a sentence) could be dangerous, but too much is just as dangerous," Deleon said.
After the state and defense argued their cases, Fauque addressed the court.
"Sorry for being involved in all of this," Fauque answered. "I appreciate my family and (probation officer) for helping me see my problem."
Young delivered the five-year probation sentence with an underlying sentence of not less than five years but not more than 10 years in the Wyoming Department of Corrections, including a 57-day credit for time already served. Young noted he tends to "shy away" from lengthy sentences but said he wouldn't hesitate to revoke probation.
"Do not mess up on probation, and don't come back here," Young told Fauque.
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