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Ackerman sentenced for felony DUI

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POLSON — A Missoula man was committed at District Court in Polson on Jan. 19 to the maximum five years with the Montana Department of Corrections for felony DUI. Buckleycole Randall Ackerman, 36, was convicted of felony DUI at a bench trial in 2021. A trial that Ackerman requested but failed to attend. Ackerman also missed his initial sentencing date and a warrant had to be issued for his arrest. Actions that Judge James Manley deemed disrespectful to the court, thus the maximum sentence was handed down.

According to court records the DUI arrest occurred in Polson June 9, 2020. Ackerman is alleged to have told the arresting officer that he was a “government official” and demanded his immediate release.

Judge Manley noted that Ackerman was arrested for another DUI in Missoula County while this Lake County case was peanding.

Judge Manley also issued Ackerman a fine of $5,000 and gave him credit for having already served 21 days in jail.


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