The day finally arrived for John Brown to be sentenced in 4th Judicial District Court. Brown had been escorted from the courtroom on April 24th when he went before Judge John Fenn for his arraignment, at which time he had plead guilty on two counts of Felony Larceny for stealing a pick-up, an ATV, several tools and money from Sheridan County rancher Mike Helvey. Brown had worked for Helvey in July of 2007.
Brown had become angry when Judge Fenn told him sentencing would be July 15th; he'd wanted to get sent to prison so he could receive medical care.
This morning, Judge Fenn sentenced Brown, who was represented by public defender Robert Jones, to 8 to 10 years in prison on Count 1, as well as instructing him to pay $200 to the Crime Victims Fund, $10 in court costs and $75 for a substance abuse evaluation.
On Count 2, Brown was sentenced to 8 to 10 years in prison, $200 to the Victims Crime Fund, $6,000 restitution to Mike Helvey, and $1,024 to the Sheridan County Sheriff for extradition costs it took to bring Brown to Sheridan from Oregon.
For his outburst in April, Judge Fenn also charged Brown with Contempt of Court and gave him 30 days in the Sheridan County Detention Center, with credit for time served.
Prior to issuing the sentence, witnesses were allowed to speak. Mike Helvey, called by State's prosecutor, Deputy County Attorney Dianna Bennett, told the judge, “The public needs to be protected from this man.”
The two prison sentences are to run concurrently.