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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 ordered to pay restitution of $1,185,500. Wilson was the second of three men ordered to pay that amount in connection with the storage unit thefts. Robert Earl Staudenmayer, 33, was also ordered to pay $1,185,500 in restitution after he pleaded guilty to theft and money laundering charges on July 24. He was sentenced on Sept. 11 to 20 years in the Montana State Prison. A third man, Richard ...


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...


Storage unit thief gets 20 years in prison Storage unit thief gets 20 years in prison

A Bigfork man was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Sept. 11 to 20 years in the Montana State Prison and ordered to pay $1,185,500 in restitution on charges of theft and money laundering. Robert Earl Staudenmayer, 33, pled guilty to the charges on July 24 without the benefit of a plea agreement. St...


Civil lawsuit ends, Lake County, others found not liable

A Lake County jury found Lake County, Lake County Sheriff Don Bell, several officers with the Lake County Sheriffs’ office and private citizen Drew Hoel not liable in a civil lawsuit brought by a man whose hearing is impaired and communicates through sign language. Larry Martinez and his wife Lauri ...


 Sherwood receives 20 years for assault, 10 for obstruction  Sherwood receives 20 years for assault, 10 for obstruction

 Donovan Sherwood, 19, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Aug. 28 to 20 years in the Montana State Prison with none of that time suspended with an eight-year parole restriction.  The sentence results from an aggravated assault charge involving his 13-year-old girlfriend. The case was h...


Jury declares Blixt not guilty of homicide

A Pablo man has been found not guilty of deliberate homicide after a two-and-a-half-day trial that began on Aug. 19 before Judge James Manley.  The Lake County jury of eight men and four women deliberated for about four hours before reaching their verdict in the case against Daniel Chance Blixt, 29, ...


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