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Bertsch gets 10 years for sexual assault of juvenile Bertsch gets 10 years for sexual assault of juvenile

POLSON — A 63-year-old Polson man got 20 years in state prison with 10 suspended last week for sexual assault of a juvenile and indecent exposure.  Judge James A. Manley sentenced Robert Walter Bertsch in accord with a plea agreement. Manley ordered that Bertsch not be given parole during the 10-year sentence for sexual assault. He got an additional 10 years of probation for indecent exposure. The sentences will run consecutively.  “I’m very sorry and ashamed of the actions I took,” Bertsch said prior to sentencing, adding that he had put himself through a mental institution and was able to stop using alcohol and drugs.  A 14-year-old girl tes...


District Courts for Feb. 21, 2018

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Feb. 14:  Robert Michael Bigback , 41, of Ronan was given six months in jail with all time suspended except for eight days for misdemeanor assault and one year in jail with all time suspended for negligent endangerment, also a misdemeanor. Th...


Drowatzky charged with rape of juvenile

POLSON — A 24-year-old Pablo man has been charged with raping a juvenile.  According to a court document, Cory Ryan Drowatzky had oral intercourse with a 15-year-old boy on Jan. 8.  Drowatzky was released on his own recognizance on Jan. 10 but ordered to wear a GPS tracking device. He p...


Dentler charged with sexual assault of juvenile   Dentler charged with sexual assault of juvenile  

POLSON — A Polson man has been charged with sexual assault of a juvenile.  Zachary James Dentler, 23, touched the breasts of a 13-year-old girl and tried to make her put her hands down his pants and rub his chest, a court document states.  Dentler admitted to touching the girl’s b...


Elmo man charged with assault, tampering with evidence Elmo man charged with assault, tampering with  evidence

POLSON — An Elmo man has been charged with assault with a weapon and tampering with evidence following an incident in which he allegedly engaged in a jealousy fueled altercation with his partner.  Calvin McCoy, 41, was charged in relation to an incident that allegedly took place on Jan. 17 and ...


Ronan man charged with rape of juvenile Ronan man charged with rape of juvenile

POLSON — A 26-year-old Ronan man has been charged with rape.  Clint Headdress Irvine was charged after a juvenile under age 10 described sexually explicit actions that Irvine committed on her. According to a court document, the girl reportedly sustained injuries.  Irvine denied causi...


Lake County District Court news for Feb. 14, 2018

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Feb. 7: Angela Rachelle Guardipee , 30, of Ronan, was given a five-year sentence in the Department of Corrections with two years suspended for theft and bail jumping. Another bail jumping charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. According t...


Bagnell gets 20 years for second stalking conviction Bagnell gets 20 years for second stalking conviction

PABLO — An Arlee man was sentenced last week to 20 years in the Montana State Prison for his second stalking conviction.  Brandon Bagnell, 48, was sentenced by Judge James A. Manley as a persistent felony offender. Manley had previously sentenced Bagnell to five years with the Department of Cor...


Lake County District Court news for Feb. 7, 2018

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on Jan. 31: Jesse Lee Dean , 29, of Kalispell, got one year in jail with all time suspended except for 21 days served for misdemeanor partner family member assault. A felony strangulation charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. According to a...


Pierre gets five years in DOC for 8th, 9th DUIs

POLSON — Patrick Allen Pierre was sentenced for his eighth and ninth DUIs earlier this month.  Missoula District Court Judge John W. Larson sentenced Pierre, a Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal elder and Plains resident who turned 89 on Jan. 28, to four years and one month in the Departme...


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