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A judge on Friday sentenced a man to probation for burglarizing a north Casper house.

Isaiah Montiano Like, 19, will serve three years of probation, including a nine-month stint at the Casper Re-Entry Center. If he violates the terms of his probation, he could spend four to six years in prison.

Montiano Like spoke briefly in Natrona County District Court during the sentencing hearing, where he asked Judge Thomas Sullins for the opportunity to give back to the community.

Sullins imposed the sentence after prosecutor Trevor Schenk and defense attorney Kerri Johnson both recommended that Montiano Like serve a term of probation in lieu of a prison sentence. Neither attorney recommended a specific length of probation and instead left that up to Sullins.

Although Schenk could have argued for Montiano Like’s imprisonment, he said he thought a suspended sentence was appropriate. Schenk said his recommendation came as the result of conversations with District Attorney Mike Blonigen and Johnson, but did not offer details.

Montiano Like was arrested in June, at which point prosecutors said he and a co-conspirator had climbed through a window in the house, stolen a television and started a fire.

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.

He pleaded guilty to a single charge of burglary in November.

On Friday, Johnson told the judge that her client had previously lived in the house. After moving out he returned to retrieve his possessions. He then burglarized the house, Johnson said.

“For that, he is responsible,” Johnson said.

He also started a fire in the house in response to paranoia connected to mental health issues, Johnson said.

Both Schenk and Johnson asked the judge for mental health and drug treatment as part of the sentence, requests that Sullins obliged.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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