Man pleads not guilty to theft from cabins
SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man faces three counts in 4th Judicial District Court related to breaking into cabins in Sheridan County.
Frederick W. Stidham faces two counts of burglary and one count of property destruction and defacement.
Court documents said on Sept. 28, 2017, a cabin owner in the Bighorn Mountains called to report a burglary.
A Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw evidence of forced entry at the cabin. The owners reported nine stolen items, including binoculars, leather gloves and bottles of alcohol.
Trail cameras set up by the owners showed two intruders in the process of carrying out the burglary between Sept. 20 and 30.
The cabin owners said the neighbor also noted forced entry into three cabins. The deputy saw a broken window out of one cabin, the door of a smaller outbuilding kicked in and a smaller cabin with pry marks on the handle of the locked door suggesting an attempted entry. The owner of the second set of cabins had a trail camera that recorded a man with a hammer in his hand walking toward the cabins on Sept. 28. The second owner reported a missing television, gas cans and shovels.
Upon arrest, Stidham identified John Cotton as the other man with him during the burglaries. Cotton, who was already detained at the Sheridan County Detention Center for other matters, admitted going into one cabin.
Stidham pleaded not guilty to all three counts in 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday.
The court scheduled a two-day trial to begin April 2, 2018, with a pretrial conference on March 1 at 9:30 a.m. The defense asked for a bond modification from the current $10,000 cash only bond. The state argued against granting the request, highlighting an extensive criminal history for Stidham.
The bond was continued on the same terms as set in Sheridan County Circuit Court.
SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man who allegedly caused a Sheridan Police Department officer to be hospitalized pleaded not guilty in 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday.
Nicholas Allen Preslar pleaded not guilty to both charges against him — felony interference with a peace officer and property destruction. Court documents said on Oct. 10, an SPD officer responded to the Best Western Motel in Sheridan after Preslar had allegedly broken glass out of the door of the motel just before 1 p.m.
The officer made contact with Preslar and soon after another SPD officer heard the officer’s call for backup. Three additional officers arrived on the scene and helped control the defendant. The man continued to fight while restrained and had to be carried by several officers to a squad car.
Five witnesses confirmed to officers afterward that Preslar ambushed the officer, slamming him into a nearby wall, pushing his arm into the officer’s throat and slamming him down on the concrete.
The 30-year-old man faces up to 10 years and a $10,000 fine for the felony interference with a peace officer charge and up to six months and a $750 fine for the property destruction charge, if the damage does not exceed $1,000.
The court scheduled a two-day jury trial to start April 2, 2018, with a pretrial conference at 10 a.m. on March 1, 2018. The man has been released from law enforcement custody on bond.