A Riverton man sentenced to a decade in prison for sexually abusing a 5-year-old while he was in his late teens is not entitled to have his sentence reduced to probation after completing Wyoming’s Youthful Offender Transition Program, the Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled.
Joshua ____, 22, was sentenced by Fremont County District Court in June 2021 to between eight and 12 years in prison for sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl when he was 17.
That sentence was reduced to between six and 10 years after ____ successfully completed Wyoming’s Youthful Offender program.
But, acknowledging what the case prosecutor called the “disturbing” nature of the crime, the Fremont County District court did not reduce ____’s sentence to probation as the Wyoming Department of Corrections had recommended.
When ____ appealed, the Wyoming Supreme Court upheld the District court’s decision to keep him in prison, according to a holding order filed Thursday.