34-year-old Christopher Lande was arraigned in 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday morning, and plead "Guilty" to two counts of "Wrongful Taking of Property."
Lande was charged with taking a Honda XR350 motorcycle, a bike trailer, and other Honda and Kawasaki bikes between July '09 and August '09 from various people. He was also charged with taking a gold chain with a black pearl, Mikimoto white pearls and matching earrings, diamond jewelry and an expensive, Austrian-crafted shotgun.
Some of the jewelry and gun were stolen from Brad and Jackie Waters between June of '09 and August of '09, for whom Lande once worked. Lande took those items to Billings and sold some of the jewelry. He was arrested after he tried to sell the gun to a sporting goods store in Billings and the salesperson became suspicious.
Both counts are felonies and carry a possible sentence of ten years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both. Deputy County Attorney Christopher LaRosa, prosecutor for the State, recommended that per the agreement for Lande's guilty plea, that the sentence be four to eight years on each count, to run concurrently, plus restitution to the victims.
Judge John Fenn ordered a pre-sentence investigation, and sentencing is scheduled for June 30, 2010.