Fisher Sentenced for Second Degree Murder

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A sentencing hearing was held Thursday in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan for 42-year-old Christopher Fisher of Sheridan for the charge of Second Degree Murder.

In August of last year, Fisher shot and killed his wife Martha Bailey at their home on East Burkitt Street in Sheridan. The couple’s five children were home at the time the murder occurred. Prior to sentencing, Sheridan County and Prosecuting Attorney for the State Matt Redle raised concerns with several issues that arose from of the Pre-Sentence Investigation that was conducted by Probation and Parole.

Redle pointed out that Fisher stated in the PSI that Bailey was abusive to their children and that on the day of the shooting, she was upset with him because their tax return was not the amount she had anticipated. Redle said the tax return story didn’t make sense, considering the shooting took place in early August. Fisher also claimed that Bailey was high on methamphetamine when the shooting occurred. Redle refuted that claim by highlighting the fact that a toxicology report conducted following the autopsy showed no signs of methamphetamine in Bailey’s system.

In closing, Redle said that the plea agreement was made with the defendant in an effort to keep the children from being called to testify at trial. He said that he did not regret his decision to offer a plea agreement to Fisher. District Court Judge John Fenn accepted the terms of the plea agreement, and sentenced Fisher to 20 to 40 years in prison and ordered him to pay $345 in various court fees and $4,400 in restitution. Fisher exercised his right to not make a statement at the sentencing.

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