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Two Wyoming residents pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug conspiracy charges connected to a 10-defendant drug trafficking case that’s related to a local doctor suspected of illegally prescribing drugs.

Charlie Edwards and Tammy Jonas originally pleaded not guilty in June to the charges before taking deals in Natrona County District Court that would limit the sentences they face.

Edwards, wearing jail garments, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver oxycodone and conspiracy to deliver heroin, both felonies. Two additional charges against him were dropped as a part of the deal. Under the deal, the prosecution will not argue for more than four-to-seven years imprisonment. The defense can argue for any sentencing option when Edwards next appears in court.

Jonas, free on bail and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to deliver oxycodone and had an additional felony dismissed. Prosecution and defense attorneys will present a joint recommendation for three years of probation in lieu of a three-to-five year prison sentence at Jonas’ sentencing hearing. The recommendation would mean Jonas would not serve prison time if she complies with the terms of probation.

Prosecutors alleged that Casper Doctor Shakeel Kahn prescribed the oxycodone to Jonas and Edwards.

In Wednesday’s change of plea hearings, Judge Daniel Forgey also agreed to reduce Edwards’ bond from $25,000 cash or surety to personal recognizance so he could attend substance use treatment. The new bond condition will take effect Nov. 6, the day he is due to enter treatment.

Jonas appeared to tell the judge she had brokered at least one oxycodone deal between her friends. She received oxycodone for herself as part of that deal, she said.

Kahn and his wife, Lyn Kahn, are facing a total of 45 federal charges in their case. The doctor asked for one charge against him to be dismissed earlier this month.

Prosecutors allege that Kahn sold painkiller prescriptions in exchange for cash. Defendants in the case are alleged to have signed forms at Kahn’s request indicating they would not describe the doctor as a drug dealer.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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