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Sniffin sees prison for death of bicycler

Submitted by Newsroom on May 4, 2012 – 7:32 amNo Comment

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — A local man who hit and killed a bicyclist with his vehicle last August will spend 3-7 years in prison. 30-year-old Michael Sniffin received his sentence this week from Judge Norman Young in Lander District Court.

Michael Sniffin

According to published reports, Sniffin apologized to the family of Todd Richard Scofield. He was the 50-year-old who got hit and killed that night while riding his bike on South Federal Boulevard in Riverton near the Monroe intersection.

Both were presented in court as under a mind altering substance at the time of the crash – the bicycler inebriated and driver doped on marijuana. Witnesses said the bicyclist was wobbling on the side of the road, but the driver was described by a prosecutor as a “train wreck waiting to happen” because of previous history with drugs and alcohol.

Prosecutors say Sniffin had been through substance abuse treatment four times and was on misdemeanor probation; and, he had actually been stopped four hours before the crash by Lander police for possible drunk driving, but was let go.

Sniffin’s sentence reflects the maximum possible under an agreement made in February that led to his no-contest plea of felony driving under the influence. As part of the plea deal, the charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and manslaughter were dismissed.

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