A trial date has been set in Fourth Judicial District Court for a Sheridan man charged with felony theft. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.
An arraignment was held Tuesday in District Court for 53-year-old Kenneth Hirschman, who is charged with one count of felony theft for stealing and selling property belonging to the City of Sheridan. Hirschman pleaded not guilty to the charge at the hearing and District Court Judge Darci Phillips set a two-day jury trial for January 30 and scheduled a pretrial conference for January 5 at 10:30 am. Hirschman’s bond was continued under the same terms and conditions that were previously set in Circuit Court.
According to court documents, Hirschman, who at the time of the alleged criminal activity was Utility Maintenance Division Superintendent for the City, allegedly took scrap metal from the Utilities Maintenance Division Shop and sold the brass to a recycling facility in Billings, Montana. Between July of 2020 and March 24, 2022, Hirschman allegedly drove his personal vehicle to Billings and sold scrap brass three separate times for a total of $1,543. The recycling center in Billings provided investigators with digital receipts of the transactions. Under City of Sheridan policy, all salvageable scrap metal belonging to the City is to be exchanged at a recycling facility in Sheridan. Felony theft is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.