- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) - A Carbon County judge is upholding a life sentence for a man who stabbed a prison employee and another inmate after killing a deputy in 1995.

The Rawlins Times reports (https://bit.ly/1LKYBlv) 37-year-old John Michael Sides is serving consecutive life sentences for the murder of Fremont County Deputy Steve Crerar and attempted murder of employee Francis Foster.

District Court Judge Wade Waldrip also upheld his sentence of three to five years in prison for stabbing inmate Charles Birr.

Defense attorney Kirk Morgan argued for parole eligibility after Sides serves between one and 25 years, noting he was 17 years old when he was sent to prison.

Sides said in court Monday that Birr, who is now deceased, arranged the attack and wanted it to look like he saved Frances so that he could get the governor to commute his sentence.

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Information from: Rawlins (Wyo.) Daily Times, https://www.rawlinstimes.com

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