CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Supreme Court has issued an order disbarring Cody attorney Samuel P. Krone from the practice of law. The order of disbarment is effective August 24, 2016, the date the court previously issued an order of immediate suspension of Krone.
The disbarment resulted from Krone’s guilty plea to one felony count (deferred pursuant to W.S. § 7-13-301) and one misdemeanor conviction arising from Krone’s wrongful conversion of funds from the Park County Bar Association in 2011 and 2013, when Krone served as the association’s treasurer. In criminal proceedings which concluded in October 2017, the district court in Cody approved a plea agreement and sentenced Krone to serve 15 days in jail, three years of supervised probation and ordered him to make restitution to the Park County Bar Association in the amount of $9,633.71, in addition to other terms.
Shortly after the criminal charges were brought against Krone, the Wyoming Supreme Court issued an order immediately suspending Krone from the practice of law effective August 24, 2016, pending resolution of formal disciplinary proceedings against Krone. In stipulating to disbarment to be effective on the date of the court’s order of immediate suspension, Krone admitted that his conduct violated Rules 8.4(b) (commission of a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty) and Rule 8.4(c) (engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation) of the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct. Among the mitigating factors considered by the Board of Professional Responsibility were Krone’s acceptance of responsibility for his conduct and his payment of full restitution to the Park County Bar Association. The board approved the stipulation and recommended it to the court, which accepted the board’s recommendation. In addition to being disbarred, Krone was ordered to pay an administrative fee in the amount of $750.00 and costs of $50.00 to the Wyoming State Bar. Under Wyoming’s Rules of Disciplinary Procedure for lawyers, Krone will eligible to petition for reinstatement five years after August 24, 2016, the effective date of the order of disbarment.