SANDPOINT, Idaho -- A California man sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in an attack on a northern Idaho woman who picked up him and another teen while they were hitchhiking has been released on probation.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Marshall Owens Dittrich was released Thursday after 18 months behind bars. He previously pleaded guilty to battery with intent to commit robbery.
Prosecutors say Dittrich and Joseph John Martin of Denver, both 17 at the time, ran away from a therapeutic boarding school called Explorations in Trout Creek, Mont., and were hitchhiking when 66-year-old Vera Gadman offered them a ride in July 2011.
Gadman was choked and hit in the head with a glass bottle before she was able to escape.
Martin, who pleaded guilty to battery with the intent to commit robbery, in June was sentenced to 15 years in prison.