Man receives 18-year prison sentence for meth in Steamboat Springs
March 18, 2014
Steamboat Springs — 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.