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Staudenmayer gets 10 years for bail jumping

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Robert Earl Staudenmayer, 34, of Bigfork, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Sept. 17 to ten years in the Montana State Prison with no parole eligibility for bail jumping.

Staudenmayer was convicted by a Lake County jury on a bail jumping charge and is still awaiting trial on theft and money laundering charges. The bail jumping charge stems from missing a March 13, 2019, court appearance on the theft and money laundering charges.

In the theft and money laundering charges, Staudenmayer is accused of stealing more than $1 million worth of belongings from a Bigfork area storage unit and selling the stolen merchandise at pawn shops throughout the pacific northwest. He pleaded guilty to the charges. 

On Sept. 11, 2019, he was sentenced to the Montana state prison for 20 years, and he was ordered to pay restitution of $1,185,500, but the conviction was overturned on a technicality and sent back to District Court to be retried on Nov. 30 before Judge James Manley.

In handing down the 10-year prison term on the bail jumping charge, Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher said this was Staudenmayer’s ninth felony conviction. Prosecutor Ben Anciaux, with the Lake County Attorney’s office, argued for the full 10 years, calling Staudenmayer a master manipulator for getting his common-law wife to lie for him and getting a detention officer to provide him with a phone. The wife is now facing a perjury charge and the detention officer is serving a total of 50 days in the Missoula County jail for transferring illegal articles and official misconduct.

Judge Christopher also ordered Staudenmayer to pay restitution of $6,171.85 for the cost of the jury trial.

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