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Court hears three pleas

Posted: Monday, Nov 26th, 2012

KEMMERER — Rusty Povsche was one of three defendants to plead not guilty before Judge Dennis Sanderson in District Court on Monday, Nov. 19.

Stephen Smith, age 51, appeared on charges for the possession of methamphetamine in an amount of over three grams and possession with the intent to deliver. Both charges could earn Smith seven years in the prison, a $115,000 fine or both.

Jennifer Chamberlin, 34, pleaded not guilty to two counts of welfare fraud and one count of forgery on a Department of Family Service (DFS) form. The charges each hold a ten-year prison term, $10,000 fine or both.

Povsche’s entered a plea of not guilty on all charges against him, extending from felony burglary to felony arson. If found guilty, he could spend twenty years to life in a Wyoming state prison.

Bail, previously set by Circuit Court Judge Frank Zebre as cash only, was modified by Sanderson to include property. If bail is posted, Povsche will be required to stay at his parents’ home twenty-four hours a day with the exception of forty hours a week he will be allowed outside the home to work as a welder’s helper for his father.

The possibility of requiring an ankle monitor was discussed, but because of limited resources Sanderson decided it wasn’t a feasible option.

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