Sheridan man uses hammer to intimidate mother, solicit money
Date posted: January 8, 2014
SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man was arrested Monday after he forced his mother to write him a check.
Mason Finney, 23, is accused of using a hammer to threaten physical violence and break several items in his mother’s home to get her agree to hand over money.
Sheridan Police Department Sgt. Travis Koltiska said police were called to a residence on Park Street Monday just before noon. Upon arrival, they learned Finney had demanded money from his mother, and when she refused, he became violent.
“He did put his hands on her,” Koltiska said, adding he was not aware of whether the mother had sought medical treatment.
Police were told Finney had used a hammer to break several items in the home before his mother agreed to write him a check for $300.
“He was using the hammer in a threatening, menacing manner to get her to give him money,” Koltiska said.
Koltiska said Finney immediately cashed the check and went to Walmart, where he was arrested by police. Finney had not selected any merchandise when he was apprehended.
Koltiska said Finney was convicted of crimes related to a similar offense in May 2011, when he used force and threats to extricate money from his parent.
Finney is expected to be charged with at least two felonies: robbery and aggravated assault. It’s possible he could be charged with a third felony for property destruction if the monetary value of the items he broke with the hammer are determined to be valued at more than $1,000.
Sheridan County Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff set Finney’s bond at $15,000 cash, and as of this morning, Finney remained in custody at the Sheridan County Detention Center. He is expected to have his initial appearance tomorrow afternoon, though his case is expected to eventually be bound over to 4th Judicial District Court.
Felony robbery carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Aggravated assault carries a possible penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Felony level property destruction can result in a 10-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine, and misdemeanor property destruction can results in no more than six months in jail and a $750 fine.