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Lake County District Court news for Dec. 14, 2011

Judge C.B. McNeil dealt with the following cases Wednesday, Dec. 7:

Canyon Murrin, 20, Polson, received a three-year deferred sentence and was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution for theft, a felony. Restitution will be paid jointly with Murrin’s co-defendant. 

According to court documents, charges stem from an August incident where someone reported an extortion attempt to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. According to the victim’s report, he had received an anonymous note threatening to publish a video of him engaged in sexual activity unless he left $10,000 cash at a described location in Lake County. With the letter was a thumb drive with a copy of the video, which the victim said was stolen from his home several years earlier by an unknown burglar.

Sheriff’s detectives prepared a bag of mostly fake bills and set up surveillance at the described drop site. Officers later saw Murrin and another man arrive and retrieve the bag.

Jane Whaling, 51, Polson, in a change of plea, admitted committing the amended offenses of resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and obstructing a peace officer, a misdemeanor. She was found guilty and sentenced to six months in the Lake County Jail, all suspended, on each count. The sentences are to run concurrent. 

According to court documents, charges stem from an Aug. 17 incident where Lake County Sheriff’s detectives visited Whaling’s house in search of her son. Whaling was told that her son was a fugitive and had just committed a felony offense. Whaling told detectives that her son had been home all day and could not have committed that offense. She told the detective he needed to get a warrant and started to walk back inside the house. 

The detective stopped Whaling and told her he needed her to remain outside, at which point she became combative and the detective arrested her for obstructing. As he struggled to handcuff her, she kicked one of the detectives in the stomach.

Sheldon Haynes, 22, Arlee, had her October 2010 deferred and suspended sentences for burglary, a felony, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, a felony, revoked and was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for five years, three suspended, for burglary. Haynes received a three-year deferred sentence for the second charge. The sentences are to run consecutively, and Haynes will receive credit for all time served while in custody.  

According to court documents, Haynes was convicted of theft, a misdemeanor, in Tribal Court in June. She also allegedly violated her probation and parole by failing to maintain employment, consuming alcohol on at least two occasions, failing to pay supervision fees as ordered, and failing to pay court-ordered restitution and court fines and fees.

Lisa Reese, 35, Missoula, had her 2002 deferred sentence for robbery, a felony, revoked and was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for three years, all suspended. Reese will receive credit for time served while in custody.

According to court documents, Reese admitted to violating her probation and parole by failing to report to her probation officer as ordered in 2003. She also allegedly tested positive for marijuana twice and alcohol twice in 2003 and failed to enter court-ordered counseling. 

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