Man receives 18-year prison sentence for meth in Steamboat Springs

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Cory Alexander Sohonyay

— A 41-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

In July, members of the All Crime Enforcement Team drug task force executed a search warrant and found 5.2 ounces of methamphetamine in Cory Alexander Sohonyay’s Steamboat Springs hotel room.

Investigators thought Sohonyay was going to sell the drugs, and his bond was set at $300,000. He still was in custody during Tuesday’s plea hearing, which immediately was followed by the sentencing.

The Routt County District Attorney’s Office filed two felonies against Sohonyay. The first charge was a second offense of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, a Class 2 felony.

“Mr. Sohonyay was about to introduce that drug into our community,” the District Attorney’s Office stated after charges were filed.

The second felony charge was illegal possession of a prescription drug, a Class 6 felony, related to about 50 pain pills that were found inside Sohonyay’s hotel room. There also were five sentence enhancers filed against Sohonyay labeling him a habitual criminal. Those were related to Sohonyay’s five prior felony convictions. Sohonyay had a 17-page criminal history that included a 1997 methamphetamine drug trafficking conviction that led to a prison term, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

As part of a plea deal, Sohonyay on Tuesday pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. The District Attorney’s Office and Sohonyay’s attorney, Larry Combs, agreed that Sohonyay should be sentenced to 18 years in prison, which was halfway between the 12- to 24-year sentencing range. District Judge Shelley Hill accepted the sentencing recommendation.

Before handing down the sentence, Hill asked Sohonyay if he wanted to say anything. He declined.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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Comments

Mark Ruckman 5 months, 1 week ago

While I have no direct knowledge, I really doubt this person was going to introduce this drug to our community.

Mr. Sohonyay was about to introduce that drug into our community,” the District Attorney’s Office stated after charges were filed.

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jerry carlton 5 months, 1 week ago

He was just passing through and was going to sell it elsewhere? It was all for his personal use?

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Phoebe Hackman 5 months, 1 week ago

Uh, just curious, Mark. How did you come to that conclusion?

"Sohonyay had a 17-page criminal history that included a 1997 methamphetamine drug trafficking conviction that led to a prison term, according to the District Attorney’s Office."

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Mark Ruckman 5 months, 1 week ago

Phoebe, it is naive to think that meth has never been in SB until this person arrived.

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Clay Ogden 5 months, 1 week ago

Mark ... my guess is was not the best choice of words but a typical secondary definition is "to bring into play" and "to bring into use" ... I can't imagine anyone believing or suggesting this would be the 1st introduction of meth into Steamboat.

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Phoebe Hackman 5 months, 1 week ago

Thank you, Clay. I did interpret "introduce" to mean selling or distributing. I didn't realize Mark's interpretation was more like, "Meth, this is Steamboat; Steamboat, this is Meth. Welcome to the Boat!"

Semantics.

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rhys jones 5 months, 1 week ago

While it may be arguable whom he injured or threatened, I think it's obvious this man is a prisoner of his own addictions.

Call me a pinko, but I just think it's ironic, that this society finds it acceptable to just warehouse such individuals, for decades if necessary, including all the associated costs, rather than providing them the care, counseling, medication if necessary, to make them productive members of society again -- surely at a reduced cost. Cory will never get the care he needs. Even with "good time," I'll bet he's a bitter individual the next time Society sees him.

He could've killed somebody, and gotten less time.

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Pat West 5 months, 1 week ago

True Rhys, and irony continues as the anti welfare pundits rarely will object to locking someone "bad" up for years to the tune of $40k+ a year for a non violent drug offence.

Jerry argues that selling meth is "killing someone" but this dealer, and every other drug dealer dosnt Require anyone to buy and use meth, only supplies a demand in the illegal free market. These people need help out of their addiction, not jail time. Lock up some of those bankers that built up, and then wrecked our economy with their shady lending practices, and send drug users to treatment and get them back to work.

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jerry carlton 5 months, 1 week ago

He is killing people if he is selling them meth.

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bill schurman 5 months, 1 week ago

So is the merchant who sells tobacco products and alcohol and it's all legal !

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