Stockdale gets 28 years in Nov. 2002 murder case
BRECKENRIDGE – District Court Judge David Lass sentenced 21-year-old Brian Guy Stockdale to 28 years in prison for his part in a Nov. 1, 2002, beating death that rocked the core of Breckenridge.
In January, a jury found Stockdale guilty of manslaughter and first-degree assault for his part in the beating of Cody Wieland, 36.
Wieland died nine days later. Two others, Michael Scott Dietert and Brandon Robbins, both 22, face trial on second-degree murder charges this year in connection with Wieland’s death, which started as an altercation in a local bar and spilled out onto the sidewalk.
Stockdale faced 10 to 44 years in prison for his role in the beating Lass called senseless and brutal.
Lass handed down the sentence after listening to more than two hours of pleas from Wieland’s family to give Stockdale the stiffest sentence possible and pleas from Stockdale’s friends and family to go lenient on a young man said to be intelligent, compassionate and kind.
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert sent several people to the stand, from Wieland’s widow, Katie, to town councilmember Ernie Blake, to show how the murder undermined the feeling of security in this resort town.
Stockdale took the stand for the first time, telling Katie Wieland and her mother-in-law Jocelan Martell how sorry he was.
“I am so incredibly sorry,” he said repeatedly. “And to the town of Breckenridge, I am so sorry you had to experience such a thing. I cannot turn back the hands of time. I would do anything in my power to take back that night.”
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or email@example.com.
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