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Sichting sentenced to 10 months in assault, kidnapping case

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By Sal Christ

Wynn Ray Sichting, the Conifer man accused of beating and imprisoning his 21-year old nephew in a metal shipping container last year, was sentenced Thursday morning to 10 months in jail and four years probation after pleading guilty in August to one felony count of second-degree assault, one felony count of second-degree kidnapping and one misdemeanor count of theft.

Sichting, who was originally slated to stand trial this month on more than a dozen felony counts associated with the case — including first-degree attempted murder — faced up to 12 years in prison.

Daniel Alberga, Sichting's co-defendant in the case, is scheduled to stand trial in February 2019 for his role in the beating and will next appear in court Dec. 10 for a disposition hearing. He faces 10 felony counts, including kidnapping, aggravated robbery and second-degree assault.

 

September 2017 incident

Sichting, 60, was accused of trying to kill Adonis Cherokee Gomez on Sept. 11, 2017, after Gomez attempted to retrieve belongings he left behind after moving out of Sichting's home in the 27000 block of Parsons Road a week before.

According to an arrest affidavit from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office, Gomez, who lived with Sichting for four months, was retrieving a “handyman jack” around 3 p.m. when Sichting accused him of trying to steal $3,000 from his home. Gomez stated in the affidavit that his uncle began hitting him and forced him into a metal shipping container, after which Sichting and Alberga removed his clothing and beat him using their hands, feet and a hard wood object for several hours.

Sichting told Gomez that he was going to “bury” him and “put (him) in the ground” during the course of the incident. Gomez eventually escaped after Sichting left the door to the shipping container ajar, running to a neighbor's home at 9 p.m.

 

Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035. Follow her on Twitter at @decriture.