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Gieber receives 20 years for burglary

A Polson man was committed to the state Department of Corrections for a total of 20 years with 16 years suspended on a felony burglary charge. Kenneth Charles Gieber, 21, was also ordered to pay restitution of $263,228.97.  The sentence was handed down at District Court in Polson on Oct. 23 by Judge James Manley, and it doubled the plea agreement reached in August. Gieber was initially looking at six years in the DOC with three years suspended and $197,385.97 in restitution; however, Manley went against the plea agreement after learning more about the case and the impact on the victim through a required pre-sentence investigation. The victim’s entire life-savings was taken....


Nicolai sentenced to eight years for assault

A Ronan man was committed at District Court in Polson on Oct. 23 to eight years with the Montana Department of Corrections with four years suspended for aggravated assault.  According to court records, Justice Raven Nicolai, 24, was in the Lake County Jail awaiting trial on drug distribution charges ...


Two more graduate Lake County Drug Court, funding continues Two more graduate Lake County Drug Court, funding continues

POLSON – Being a drug addict isn’t easy; turning your life around is even more difficult, but two more people have done it through Lake County Drug Court, according to Judge James Manley. On Thursday, Oct. 17, two graduates accomplished the life-altering victory and were celebrated in Manley&r...


VanNess working to pay back embezzled funds

The imposition of sentencing for a former Ronan auto parts store manager was deferred for six years to allow him time to pay back the more than $84,000 he was convicted of stealing. Tracey Matthew VanNess, 40, was convicted of felony theft during a change of plea hearing at District Court in Polson on Aug...


Man gets 10 years for storage unit thefts

A Kalispell man, with at least four prior felony convictions, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Oct. 9 to the Montana State Prison for ten years with six years suspended on a felony theft charge. The charge stems from a storage unit theft in the Ferndale area. Joshua Wilson, 39, was also ordere...


Chauvin found guilty of meth possession Chauvin found guilty  of meth possession

Judge James Manley committed a Great Falls man to the Montana State Department of Corrections for a total of five years with none of that time suspended for possession of heroin and methamphetamine in accordance with a plea agreement reached in May.  Raymond Andre Chauvin, 46, pled guilty at District...


Field ordered to pay restitution

The imposition of sentencing for a Washington state woman was deferred for a period of three years, and she was ordered to pay restitution of $10,980 in an exploitation case. Shawn Star Field, 33, pled guilty to felony exploitation of an older person during a change of plea hearing in District Court at Po...


Cantu sentenced to five years for drug possession

Gilberto Cantu, 46, of Othello, Washington, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Oct. 2 to the Montana State Department of Corrections for five years with no time suspended on a drug possession charge. According to court records, on April 7, a Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal police officer...


Ferguson’s 10-year sentence suspended

At District Court in Polson on Oct. 2, a Polson man was committed to the Montana State Department of Corrections for 10 years with all that time suspended for threatening his grandparents with a knife.  Brandon Kingsley Ferguson, 26, pled guilty to assault with a weapon on Aug. 14. The plea came as p...


Adams acquitted of rape charges

An Elmo man has been acquitted of sexual intercourse without consent after a one and a half-day trial at District Court in Polson that began on Monday, Sept. 30. A 12-person jury reached their verdict within about an hour. Gene Adams, 30, was accused of raping a woman as she slept at a Polson residence on...


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