Zach Ladnier

Zach Ladnier

Jackson man Zach Ladnier was placed on probation by Teton County District Court after successfully completing the Wyoming Department of Corrections’ bootcamp program.

“It is no walk in the park to complete the bootcamp program,” Judge Timothy Day told Ladnier at a sentence modification hearing last month.

Ladnier was sentenced to up to six years in prison last year for violating probation on a charge of sexual exploitation of children.

Ladnier, originally of Alabama, was arrested in December 2018 following a monthslong investigation that uncovered photos on his phone that “appeared to be underage children in sexually explicit situations,” according to court records. Police also found meth and marijuana edibles during his arrest.

At his hearing, Ladnier told the court he learned a lot in the bootcamp program and knows his past actions were wrong and wants to do better.

“I don’t want my life to be a failure,” he said. “I reconnected with my family here, and I am tired of being a failure and always letting people down.”

The court allowed Ladnier to continue his sentence on probation.

“You have to continue to prove that you can be a success,” Day said. “You can’t do that unless you put those lessons to good use.”

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and emergency news. She also leads the News&Guide’s investigative efforts. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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