A man who pleaded guilty to burglary after prosecutors accused him of breaking into a north Casper home, stealing from it and and attempting to burn it down was sentenced Friday to probation.
A Natrona County District Court judge sentenced Stacy Clark, 46, to nine months of jail time followed by three years of probation in lieu of a three- to five-year prison sentence. Because he received credit for the more than 10 months he has spent in jail, Clark will go free on probation. If he violates the terms of probation, Clark could then face the prospect of serving the remainder of his prison sentence.
Clark declined to speak Friday when Judge Thomas Sullins offered him the opportunity.
The terms of Clark’s sentence were offered in a joint recommendation brought by prosecutor Michael Blonigen and defense attorney Curtis Cheney. The attorneys agreed upon the sentence recommendation as part of a plea deal reached in January.
Clark was arrested in June and prosecutors alleged he and another man broke into the north Casper home, stole a television and attempted to burn the house down.
Isaiah Montiano Like, whom prosecutors also charged in the case, pleaded guilty to burglary in November. He was sentenced to probation in March.
In an interview with a Casper police detective, Montiano Like said that he had permission to be in the home. He denied setting fire to the home.
At his sentencing hearing, Montiano Like’s defense attorney told a judge that he had started a fire in the house as a result of paranoia stemming from mental health issues.