Montana man convicted of threatening, stalking couple that own ranch he lost in 1979 divorce

A man accused of threatening to take back a Montana ranch he lost in a 1979 divorce has been convicted of stalking and other charges involving the harassment of the current owners.

KECI-TV reported ( ) that 73-year-old John Fesler Lance was acting as his own attorney and refused to attend his trial.

He was convicted Monday of felony intimidation, stalking, violating a protective order and trespassing.

Lance was arrested in September after arriving at the Florence-area ranch. Owners Lee and Lucinda Hayne held him at gunpoint until Ravalli County deputies arrived.

Lance had been released from prison in March after serving more than 20 years for intimidating judges, attorneys and others involved in the divorce case.

He had been jailed from April through July last year for violating a protective order filed by the Haynes.


Information from: KECI-TV,