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Man pleads guilty to two counts of assault

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A Pablo man has admitted to the unprovoked shooting of two people at a residence in Pablo this past December. Joshua Franklin McGreevey, 32, pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson, on March 4, to two counts of assault with a weapon. 

The guilty pleas came as part of a plea agreement that will dismiss, at sentencing, one count of tampering with physical evidence. McGreevey’s attorney, Bob Long, of Polson, said his client has been diagnosed with a mental illness and may have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the shooting.

According to court records, at about 8 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2020, McGreevey came down the stairs of a residence on Whispering Pines Drive and shot two people with a .40 caliber handgun. The male victim was struck in the abdomen, and the female victim was struck in the upper leg. Witnesses told responding law enforcement officers that the shooting was unprovoked. Law enforcement found .40 caliber shell casings in the areas consistent with eye-witness accounts of what happened. 

McGreevey allegedly admitted to witnesses to shooting the two victims. McGreevey is also alleged to have hid the weapon on property near the incident. The weapon was later located by investigators.

The plea agreement calls for seven and a half years with the Montana Department of Corrections on each count of assault with the sentences to run consecutive to each other for a total of 15 years. District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher set sentencing for May 13.

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