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Swindler given credit for time served in theft case

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A man who was found guilty of stealing a dump truck from the Woods Bay area was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for four years with all that time suspended. 

Judge James Manley handed down the sentence in Polson on July 8. Manley gave Michael Austin Swindler, 30, credit for sixty-six days of jail time already served.

Manley ran the sentence consecutive to a three-year deferred sentence in Yellowstone County that Swindler had on a drug possession conviction. The sentence was part of a plea agreement reached in March.

On March 11, Swindler admitted to stealing a 2009 Chevy Tiltmaster Dump Truck from a storage unit facility in the Woods Bay area and driving it to Helena. According to court records, a man reported the truck stolen on Aug. 21, 2018. A medical brace boot left behind at the storage unit lead Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies to question Swindler about the missing dump truck. Swindler admitted to stealing the truck and told authorities where the truck could be found.

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