After attempting to steal a foreclosed house, 53-year-old Brent Arthur Wilson is facing a maximum punishment of 30 years in jail and a fine of $151,000. But how do you steal a home? It’s not like you can pick it up and just move it to another location. Or can you?
Wilson broke into a $380,000 foreclosed house near Jette Lake, Montana, changed the locks, and filed documents with the Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office claiming that the house belonged to him.
After some time, authorities figured out what was going and took Wilson to court. Wilson even refused advice from the appointed attorney, and didn’t attempt to defend himself in any way. He just kept on saying things like:
“Thank you for the question. However, for the record, on the record, and let the record show, I am just the beneficiary, and I am appearing here only as the beneficiary. That question should be directed to the trustee,” Wilson said, again and again.
Even after being told countless times that what he was saying was not relevant in criminal court, Wilson refused to cooperate with the judge or his lawyer. He was also evaluated by a psychiatrist to see if he was fit to stand trial, and was found to be in good enough mental condition.
Judging from the smile on his face, and his actions of rejecting help from the lawyer to defend himself, it seemed almost as though Wilson was trying to find a new home: in jail.