Man Sentenced to 75 Years in Jail for Hounding Ranch Owners
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A 73-year-old man who a judge said seemed unwilling to accept the reality that he lost his western Montana ranch in a 1979 divorce has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for intimidating and stalking the current owners.
The Ravalli Republic in Hamilton reports (http://bit.ly/1Ncuu9B ) District Judge Jeffrey Langton sentenced John Fesler Lance II on Wednesday after Lance said that if he were released he would go back again and try to reclaim his property near Florence.
Lance spent more than 20 years in prison for felony intimidation convictions tied to his effort to reclaim ownership. He was released from prison last March and the next day showed up at the workplace of one of the current owners.
He was jailed from April through July for violating a protection order. He was arrested at the ranch on Sept. 15.