Woman sentenced on possession charges
February 18, 2021
Sarah Lenchner of Illinois has been given a suspended sentence for a felony count of possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense after being arrested in the Moorcroft rest area in association with a stolen vehicle.
On April 7, 2020, just after 8 a.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol officer was dispatched to a suspected stolen vehicle at the Moorcroft rest area that had been remotely disabled. Along with a second officer, he approached the rest area and observed two occupants in the back seat.
Lenchner was searched after being read her rights, but nothing was found. She then allegedly asked for her coat and shoes and a small baggy was found inside the coat pocket containing suspected meth, as well as some suspected marijuana hash.
A review of video from the rest area allegedly showed the truck backing into the parking spot. Lenchner was not seen in the video until commanded to exit the vehicle.
Judge John R. Perry sentenced Lenchner to three to five years in a state penal institution, suspended pending successful completion of three years of probation.