A man was sentenced last week to four years in prison and fined $1.18 million for his part in a June 1 break-in at a Ferndale, Mont., self-storage facility. The unit that was robbed allegedly contained gold bars, coins, artwork, guns and a safe belonging to a retired World War II pilot, who estimated their value at $300,000. The victim told police he hadn’t visited the unit in two years, according to the source.
Joshua Wilson, 39, who has at least four prior felony convictions, was sentenced on Oct. 9 in the District Court of Polson, Mont. Though he actually received a 10-year sentence, six of those years will be suspended on a felony theft charge. Wilson was ordered to pay restitution of $1,185,500. This latest sentence will run consecutively with a previous six-year sentence, with four years suspended, for identity theft in Flathead County.
A second man involved in the theft, Robert Earl Staudenmayer, 33, was ordered to pay the same restitution after pleading guilty on July 24 to charges of theft and money laundering. He was sentenced on Sept. 11 to 20 years.
A third man, Richard Gordon, 50, pleaded guilty on Sept. 18 to felony charges of theft and money laundering. His sentencing will be on Nov. 6.
All three criminals are also facing charges in other jurisdictions. Speaking at the sentencing, the victim told the court it should be tough on them because “citizens are sick and tired of crime.”
During the investigation, some of the items stolen from the Ferndale self-storage facility were found at second-hand stores as well as pawn and coin shops from Northwest Montana to Seattle. Proceeds from the sales were used to purchase a racecar and a trailer, the source reported.
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