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Gordon sentenced to 20 years in storage unit theft Gordon sentenced to 20 years in storage unit theft

A third co-defendant in a Bigfork storage unit theft has been sent to the Montana State Prison for a total of 20 years with 14 years suspended. Richard Gordon, 50, was given 10 years with seven years suspended for theft and 10 years with seven years suspended for money laundering. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $1,038,035. Joshua Wilson, 39, of Kalispell, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Oct. 9 to the Montana State Prison for 10 years with six years suspended for one count of theft. Robert Earl Staudenmayer, 33, of Bigfork, was sentenced on Sept. 11 to 20 years in the Montana State Prison for theft and money laundering. All three men had their cases adjudicat...


Carnahan found guilty of distributing drugs in jail

A Columbia Falls woman accused of smuggling drugs into the Lake County jail has pled guilty to criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.  Erin Elizabeth Carnahan, 24, entered her plea at District Court in Polson on Nov. 21 as part of a plea agreement that will dismiss two other charges at sentencing....


Irvine pleads guilty to strangulation Irvine pleads guilty to strangulation

A Pablo man is facing a five-year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections for attempting to strangle his girlfriend.  Christopher James Irvine, 45, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. 13 to strangulation of a partner or family member, which is a felony. On Jan....


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 ...


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...


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