Cabin Burglar Co-Defendant Receives Lengthy Prison Sentence

(Photo Ron Richter ©)
(Photo Ron Richter ©)

A man responsible for breaking into two cabins in the Bighorn Mountains last fall was sentenced Tuesday in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

Last fall, Frederick Stidham and John Cotton were arrested for burglarizing two cabins in the Bighorn Mountains in Sheridan County. Cotton was sentenced late last week for his role in the burglaries, while Stidham had his day in court Tuesday.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christopher LaRosa played a video that showed Stidham involved in a fight on March 6 in the Sheridan County Detention Center. Stidham was cited for Battery for the incident. Due to the Battery charge, LaRosa withdrew the plea agreement that was reached with Stidham in January when he pleaded guilty to the two felony burglary charges. LaRosa, citing Stidham’s extensive record, that includes 22 prior felony convictions and a history of being institutionalized since he was a teenager, recommended that the Court sentence him to 6 to 8 years in prison.

District Court Judge John Fenn sentenced Stidham to 5 to 8 years in prison for each count, which will run concurrent to one another. Fenn ordered Stidham to pay joint and several restitution with the co-defendant in the amount of $1,285.80. Stidham must also pay $510 in fines and various court fees. He was given 193 days of credit for time served.

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