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Lake County District Court news for Feb. 7, 2018

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Jan. 31:

Jesse Lee Dean, 29, of Kalispell, got one year in jail with all time suspended except for 21 days served for misdemeanor partner family member assault. A felony strangulation charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. According to a court document, Dean grabbed a woman’s hair and punched her six or seven times. A law enforcement officer observed blood and bruises on the woman’s face and red marks on her neck.

Stephanie Marie Yellowbird, 39, of Ronan, got a two-year suspended sentence for drug possession. The sentence will run consecutively to all others, Manley said. Yellowbird was on parole in North Dakota when she was charged following a May 24, 2017 incident in which she had suboxone without a prescription. Yellowbird, who was in custody in Missoula County, has six prior felonies and one case pending, according to chief deputy county attorney James Lapotka.

Darrin Matt, 39, of Ronan, got 16 months in the Department of Corrections with a recommendation that he be screened for the Nexus Treatment Center in Lewistown when his previous sentence for assault with a weapon was revoked. Matt was originally sentenced in November 2007 after he hit a man with a cue stick on Jan. 9, 2006. He admitted to violating his probation by not staying at an approved residence and using methamphetamine and alcohol.

Mark Rockwell Gies, 61, of Missoula, got a five-year suspended sentence for an amended charge of drug possession. He was originally charged with drug distribution after eight grams of meth were found during a traffic stop. Gies was credited for completing 30 days of inpatient treatment.

Billie Anna Salois, 46, of Ronan, got 13 months in DOC with an additional three years suspended for her fifth DUI. She was charged following a traffic stop on Aug. 29, 2016 in which she was found passed out in a vehicle on Montana Highway 212. She was given credit for one day in jail. She was recommended for the Warm Spring Addiction Treatment and Change, or WATCh, program and ordered to pay some $5,000 in fines and fees.

David Aaron Kallowat, 33, of Ronan, got three years in DOC with no time suspended for drug possession after his probation was revoked. Manley recommended Kallowat be screened for the Nexus Treatment Center at Lewistown.

Judge Kim Christopher sentenced the following people on Feb. 1:

Shayla S. Cote, 26, of Ronan, got three years in DOC with no time suspended for drug possession. Two other charges of drug possession were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Cote was charged following a Dec. 3, 2016 traffic stop on U.S. Highway 93 in which her blood alcohol content was .110, a court document states. Law enforcement found 53 grams of marijuana, 2 bindles of heroin, one-half gram of methamphetamine, 122 10-mg methadone pills and $2,834 in cash in the vehicle.

Bradley Joseph Rasmussen, 27, of Polson, got a four-year deferred sentence for drug possession and bail jumping. He was also sentenced to six months in jail with all time suspended except for 93 days served for misdemeanor theft. The latter sentence will run concurrently with the earlier sentence. Rasmussen stole items from a neighbor’s home in the 33800 block of Finley Point Road, a court document states. He then posted an advertisement on Facebook for a chainsaw that had distinct engraving. Police found stolen items in his home and although the chainsaw had been sold, it was recovered. He was ordered to have no contact with the victims and stay 1,500 feet from their residence.

Hayley Kathryn Trosello, 27, of Polson, got a four-year deferred sentence for drug possession and bail jumping. She was given credit for 10 days in jail.

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