Craig man pleads guilty to distribution

A Craig man arrested last year by the All Crimes Enforcement Team pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in Moffat County Court to distribution of a schedule 2 controlled substance, a felony.

Randy Cushman, 40, was arrested in November 2007 in the 500 block of Fourth Avenue West in Craig. He is in custody at the Moffat County Jail.

According to a reading of the facts Thursday, Cushman sold to an undercover ACET officer on a controlled buy.

Under a plea agreement reached between prosecutors and Cushman's attorney, Leslie Goldstein, Cushman agreed to plead guilty to the distribution charge and a driving under restraint traffic infraction in exchange for the dismissal of a felony witness/victim retaliation charge.

The prosecution also agreed not to seek more than a four-year Department of Corrections sentence against Cushman. The distribution charge would be his first felony conviction, Goldstein told the court.

His sentence will be left to the discretion of the judge.

Cushman is scheduled to soon meet with probation officers, who will make a recommendation whether the plea agreement should be accepted.

In other court news:

• A Moffat County District Court judge issued a bench warrant Tuesday for a Craig woman's arrest after she appeared in court via telephone without permission to do so.

Nichole Wynne, 27, is charged in two separate cases and was scheduled to appear in person to enter a plea in those cases before Michael O'Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District Court. Charges include two counts of a possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use, driving under the influence, speeding and child abuse.

The latter charge stems from Wynne's child, born in August 2007 at The Memorial Hospital, allegedly having methamphetamine in its system "due to use by its mother," the Craig Police Department originally reported.

Wynne, according to Moffat County Jail records, has not been arrested.

• An arraignment hearing Thursday in county court for a Craig man charged with sexual assault on a child was continued.

The man is charged with sexual assault on a child younger than 15 by someone in a position of trust, sexual assault on a victim between 15 and 18 years old and enticement of a child.

The arraignment was continued because the man's attorney, Colleen Scissors, wasn't able to attend. It has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. May 2.

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