Man gets four years in cocaine sale case


A 20-year-old man was sentenced to four years in prison Monday on two charges of distributing cocaine.

Michael Ryan Wills, of Oak Creek, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled Schedule 2 substance, a Class 3 felony.

Judge Paul McLimans sentenced Wills to four years in prison for each count, with the sentences to be served concurrently. Wills received 140 days of credit for the time he already has served in Routt County Jail. In addition to the sentence, Wills was ordered to pay more than $3,000 in fines.

Wills was arrested in March after narcotics officers watched him purchase 3.25 ounces of cocaine, worth about $3,500, from a man in a Colorado Mountain College parking lot.

Wills purchased the cocaine from Jose Mejia Perez, 35, of Steamboat Springs, who was sentenced last month on charges of possessing cocaine.

Wills was pulled over by police after the transaction, and officers found the cocaine in Wills' vehicle.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed three charges against Wills, including possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.

In June, Mejia Perez received two years in prison and a mandatory three-year parole for his role in the crime.

Also Monday, a man accused of stealing a motorcycle from Milner and leading sheriff's officers on a high-speed chase appeared in court.

Frederick Charles Weis, 24, of Craig, was scheduled to be sentenced for theft and several other charges, but instead, his case was continued.

Public defender Trevor McFee requested that Judge Michael O'Hara grant Weis another week of probation so that McFee could have more time to complete the presentencing investigation report.

McFee said he already had spoken with probation officers about the request.

O'Hara granted the extension and scheduled Weis to be sentenced on the charges at 10:30 a.m. July 27.


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