Man Pleads No Contest to Arson
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A former Three Forks man has pleaded no contest to charges of arson, stalking and theft after being charged with setting fire to his estranged wife’s house in Three Forks in December 2010.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Robert Howard Mock appeared before District Judge Mike Salvagni on Monday via video from New Mexico, where he has been undergoing chemical dependency and mental health treatment.
Mock also was charged with stealing nearly $3,000 in bank deposits from his wife’s former employer.
Mock’s attorney, Christopher Williams, said his client has not tried to contact his former wife since the charges were filed.
Prosecutors reached a plea agreement with Mock that recommends a six-year deferred sentence, 100 hours of community service and payment of more than $35,000 in restitution.
Sentencing is set for Aug. 20.