HAMILTON, Mont. – A 73-year-old man a judge says is unwilling to accept that he lost his western Montana ranch in a 1979 divorce has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for intimidating and stalking the owners.
The Ravalli Republic newspaper in Hamilton reports that District Judge Jeffrey Langton handed down the sentence Wednesday after John Fesler Lance II said that if he were released, he would try again to take back the property near Florence.
Lance spent more than 20 years in prison for felony intimidation tied to his effort to reclaim the ranch. He was released last March and showed up the next day at the owner's workplace.
Lance went to jail from April through July for violating a protection order. He was arrested at the ranch Sept. 15.