More than two years after Cody police raided a home filled with filth and children living in the presence of meth and squalor, that case is approaching an end in the court system.
The most recently sentenced was Travis Tunget, who in October avoided jail time when he was sentenced to five years supervised probation and $3,200 in fines and other court fees.
“Would the court be sending a message, giving the defendant 3-5 years in the state pen, be the appropriate response? Yes,” Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric said. “But are the recommendations from the presentence investigation report for probation and parole justified? It would appear they are not off-base.”
Since he was arrested in September 2017, Tunget has not failed a drug test, besides a self-reported instance of drinking alcohol.
Furthermore,Tunget has already been on supervised probation in Colorado due to a confidential case involving his ex-wife, so that he can maintain custody of his children.
“I want to do everything I can for my kids,” he said.
Despite being charged for permitting children in the presence of meth, Tunget said it was not his and he has been almost completely sober for seven years. He pleaded no contest to the charge.
That meth belonged to Jacqueline Wilcott, the mother of one of his children, who was sentenced to 3-5 years in prison last December. She appealed that decision with the Wyoming Supreme Court immediately after, but withdrew her case in March.
Judge Bill Simpson said Wilcott has expressed appreciation for the sentence and that, “it was the best thing that ever happened to her.”
Included in Wilcott and Tunget’s sentences was punishment for an unrelated crime involving the theft of a trailer in 2017. Tunget also pled no contest to this offense and is ordered to pay $785 restitution for the trailer as part of his debt. He will be ordered to pay towards the debt at a rate of $100 per month.
Simpson also gave Tunget two consecutive 3-5 year suspended prison sentences that he said will be imposed if Tunget commits another crime in the next five years.
“You will go to prison for about 10 years if you violate probation,” Simpson said.
Mark Moore, Nikisha Grandpre, Kyle Catanzarite and Ed Hume Sr. have all been sentenced to varying terms of supervised probation in the past year for their connection to the house.
Samantha Caldwell had her probation revoked from a separate crime in March and is currently serving out a 2-4 year prison sentence.
She has pled guilty to permitting a child in the presence of meth and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Caldwell has yet to make a plea on another count of permitting a child in the presence of meth and bringing a controlled substance into jail. She will enter these pleas and face sentencing when she is released from prison, Skoric said.