from the District Court of Carbon County The Honorable Wade
E. Waldrip, Judge
Representing Appellant: Jamie M. Woolsey, Sandefer &
Woolsey, Trial Lawyers LLC, Casper, Wyoming.
Representing Appellee: Peter K. Michael, Attorney General;
David L. Delicath, Deputy Attorney General; Christyne M.
Martens, Senior Assistant Attorney General; Tyler M. Renner,
Assistant Attorney General.
BURKE, C.J., and HILL, [*] DAVIS, FOX, and KAUTZ, JJ.
Appellant, Bobbi Jenean Steinfeldt, entered guilty pleas to
one count of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and one
count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
After entry of the pleas, she sought and obtained a
continuance of the sentencing hearing. Shortly before the
rescheduled hearing, Ms. Steinfeldt sought another
continuance. The district court denied that motion. Ms.
Steinfeldt contends that the denial of her motion deprived
her of the opportunity to obtain and present evidence in
mitigation of her sentence. We affirm.
Ms. Steinfeldt presents one issue, which we rephrase:
Did the district court abuse its discretion by denying her
motion to continue the sentencing hearing so that she could
present additional evidence in mitigation of her sentence
pursuant to W.R.Cr.P. 32(c)(1)(C)?
In December 2015, the State charged Ms. Steinfeldt with
fifteen felony and misdemeanor drug offenses, including
possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, marijuana,
and hydrocodone, use of a firearm while in possession of a
controlled substance, and conspiracy to deliver
methamphetamine. It subsequently filed another Information in
a separate docket alleging an additional 16 drug-related
offenses. The State then moved to join the thirty-one counts
for trial, asserting that the charges arose from related
incidents and the same series of transactions. The motion was
Prior to trial, the parties reached a plea agreement in which
Ms. Steinfeldt agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to
deliver methamphetamine and possession of marijuana with
intent to deliver. In return, the State agreed to dismiss all
other charges and "cap" its sentencing
recommendation at consecutive terms of 13 to 20 years for the
conspiracy charge, and 2 to 5 years for the possession
charge. The district court accepted the guilty pleas at a
change of plea hearing on September 2, 2016. The court
scheduled a sentencing hearing for January 9, 2017, and
ordered a presentence investigation report. The presentence
report was filed on November 23, 2016.
Prior to the sentencing hearing, Ms. Steinfeldt retained new
counsel. On January 4, 2017, five days before the scheduled
sentencing, her new counsel moved for a continuance. The
district court granted the motion and sentencing was
rescheduled for February 21. Shortly before the rescheduled
sentencing hearing, Ms. Steinfeldt changed counsel again. On
February 13, 2017, new counsel filed a second motion for
continuance asserting, among other things, that additional
time was needed to obtain a psychological
evaluation. The district court denied the motion.
On the day of sentencing, Ms. Steinfeldt renewed her request
for a continuance and presented a letter from Dr. Amanda
Turlington, a clinical psychologist. In her letter, Dr.
Turlington recommended that Ms. Steinfeldt undergo a
psychological evaluation. According to Dr. Turlington:
"To provide the most effective and efficient treatment,
as well as lower her risk of recidivism, it is highly
recommended Ms. Steinfeldt receive a full Psychological
Evaluation." The district court reviewed Dr.