Handy deemed competent to continue

SUBLETTE COUNTY – A man whose probation revocation hearing was postponed to evaluate his mental competency and ability to participate in his own defense is back on the 9th District Court’s calendar.

John E. Handy, who is in custody, is ordered to appear on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 1:30 p.m. for the continued probation revocation hearing requested by the Sublette County Attorney’s Office.

On Nov. 18, Handy appeared before Judge Marv Tyler after allegedly violating his probation by being arrested Oct. 12 and charged with misdemeanor possession of meth. He answered Judge Tyler’s questions in “a language other than English” or not at all, records show.

That day, Handy had called the sheriff’s office and said people were trying to “sniper” him.

Several months earlier, Judge Tyler had sentenced Handy to three years unsupervised probation and 30 days in jail as part of a plea agreement on a felony drug charge. Supervised or not, a probation sentence requires the person to remain law-abiding and allow tests for substance abuse.

Handy is charged in Circuit Court with the Oct. 12 misdemeanor meth possession; his plea agreement and probation are in the 9th District Court.

Prosecution of the new charge stalled in Circuit Court pending Handy’s competency evaluation.