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Croft gets 10-year prison sentence for child sexual assault

An 83-year-old Polson man was sentenced by Judge James Manley at District Court in Polson on April 25 to the Montana State Prison for 20 years with 10 years suspended after earlier admitting to sexually assaulting two young girls. Lewis Croft was initially charged with felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent and sexual assault. As part of a plea agreement Croft pleaded guilty to the amended charges of sexual assault-felony and sexual assault-misdemeanor.  According to court records, between the years 1993 and 2005 Croft on innumerable times and at regular intervals subjected a girl, identified in court records as Jane Doe 1, who was between the ages of 4 and 16, to se...


Metzger sentenced for unsafe shooting practices Metzger sentenced for unsafe shooting practices

A Ronan man was committed to the state Department of Corrections for 10 years with all time suspended during an appearance at District Court in Polson on April 18.  Allen Ted Metzger, 60, entered a guilty plea on Feb. 28 through his attorney, Lance Jasper of Missoula, to two counts of criminal endang...


Detention Center demands to be reduced

Lake County has been chosen to participate in a pilot project aimed at reducing the demand on detention centers while ensuring criminal defendants make their court appearances. Lake County Chief Deputy Attorney James Lapotka says the 2017 Legislature established an evidence-based risk assessment program for ...


Littlelight pleads guilty to assault with weapon Littlelight pleads guilty to assault with weapon

Alta Collette Littlelight, 34, of Hardin, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on April 4 to assault with a weapon stemming from a pursuit last December that began in Missoula and ended in Lake County. Littlelight, also known as Alta Three Fingers, entered into a plea agreement with prosec...


Gaither enters plea agreement to resolve three cases Gaither enters plea agreement to resolve three cases

A 24-year-old Polson man entered into a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors last week that resolves three separate cases against him. Nicholas Gaither entered an Alford plea to one count of endangering the welfare of a child. In an Alford plea a defendant concedes the case based on state’s evid...


Lake County Justice Court news for April 11, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases March 9-29: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Lisa Jo Hales , 46, fined $20; Robert F. Winter , 26, fined $20; Kaylee Lynn Weirather , 20, fined $70; Tropp William Vincent , 76, fined $70; Jason Wesley Beck , 4...


Old Horn gets five years for probation violation Old Horn gets five years for probation violation

POLSON — Clifford Old Horn, a 31-year-old St. Ignatius man who once had a Lake County murder conviction overturned by the Montana Supreme Court, has been sentenced back to the department of corrections for once again violating terms of his probation on a separate matter. Old Horn has been down this ...


Bourdon pleads not guilty to alleged rape charges Bourdon pleads not guilty to alleged rape charges

A Washington state man with ties to Lake County entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on March 22 to two counts of rape, criminal endangerment, strangulation of a partner or family member and tampering with informants – all felonies. According to charging documents, the investigat...


Pablo man pleads not guilty to felony assault charges Pablo man pleads not guilty to felony assault charges

A Pablo man with two prior domestic abuse convictions is facing a third, now felony, charge of partner or family member assault. David Boyed Vanbouchaute, 32, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson last week to assault on a minor, partner or family member assault, both felonies and misde...


Old Horn gets five years for probation violation Old Horn gets five years for probation violation

POLSON — Clifford Old Horn, a 31-year-old St. Ignatius man who once had a Lake County murder conviction overturned by the Montana Supreme Court, has been sentenced back to the department of corrections for once again violating terms of his probation on a separate matter. Old Horn has been down this ...


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