Stidham gets almost 20 years on gun charge
By Brielle Schaeffer, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
October 27, 2012
A Missouri man arrested in Jackson in January after a cross-country crime spree was sentenced Tuesday to more than 19 years in prison.
Frederick Willard Stidham Jr., 39, received prison, five years of supervised release and $2,500 in fines for felony charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal imposed the sentence.
Jackson police arrested Stidham and his girlfriend, Crysta Marler, in Jackson on Jan. 31, records show.
Investigating a report of a break-in at a home, police said they encountered Stidham, who tried to run away. Police stopped him at gunpoint, records state, and he threw a .45-caliber handgun into the snow. The gun was recovered and was found to have been stolen, records state.
Marler was arrested earlier in the day when police responded to a call of a pickup truck in the Teton County Library parking lot that shouldn’t have been there, according to court files. She was asleep in the pickup, which police determined was stolen.
Court records said the two told police they spent the week before their arrest traveling cross-country committing burglaries along the way. Court files state that Marler and Stidham set out from Missouri to “see the mountains.”
Along the way, the pair broke into a home and stole a pistol and electronics, court documents said. The pickup was stolen from a Nebraska couple when their car “ran out of gas,” according to court documents.
Records indicate Stidham is a convicted felon with a record of burglary, weapons and assault charges. He is barred from owning a gun, which triggered the federal charges.
Marler was sentenced in February to 28 days in jail, six months on unsupervised probation and court costs and fees for misdemeanor concealment of stolen property.