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Polson man sentenced to 10 years in prison for child sexual abuse

Raymond Finley Jr., 42, was sentenced in Lake County District Court last week to 20 years in the Montana State Prison with 10 years suspended after pleading guilty in January to one count of child sexual abuse. According to court records, in the months of July and August 2017, Finley used social media to solicit sexual images of a 13-year-old girl identified as “Jane Doe.” Finley is also alleged to have tried to entice the juvenile into meeting in person and possibly sharing marijuana. The victim’s mother testified during sentencing that her daughter went from being an honor student full of life to a recluse. The mother also testified that her daughter is re-victimiz...


A sentence in a court story involving Joseph Matthew Farris and Charlene Sheehy in the March 14 newspaper wasn’t properly worded. The sentence should’ve read: Both parents will have to abide by the conditions of their respective deferred agreements. The Valley Journal regrets any distress the imp...

Man accused of assaulting child enters Alford plea Man accused of  assaulting child  enters Alford plea

POLSON – A 32-year-old Polson man accused of exposing two small children, ages 11 months and 5 years, to methamphetamine and assaulting the 11-month-old, entered a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors that could result in no more jail other than time served, about two weeks. Joseph Matthew Fa...

Lake County Justice Court news for Mar. 14, 2018

Justice of the Peace Randal L. Owens dealt with the following cases Feb. 23-March 8: The following individuals were found guilty of speeding: Donald Eugene Adams , 60, fined $85; J. William Hennings , 23, fined $20; Bonnie Ann Leavens , 29, fined $70; Jeffrey William Peterson , 39, fined $20; Heather...

Wylie, Sorrell sentenced for drug possession

POLSON – A Pablo woman convicted of criminal possession of dangerous drugs stemming from a heroin smuggling incident had her sentencing deferred for three years. Ishan Adalin Wylie had served 48 days in the Lake County jail before being sentenced by District Court Judge James Manley on March 7. Acco...

Homen pleads not guilty to charges of strangulation, assault

POLSON – A Ferndale man is denying charges that he strangled his girlfriend and assaulted her 11-year-old son. Charles Homen, 26, entered a plea of not guilty in Lake County District Court last week to felony charges of assault on a minor and strangulation of a partner or family member and misdemeanor ...

Mahseelah found guilty of three charges Mahseelah found guilty of three charges

POLSON – A Lake County jury, after less than an hour of deliberations found a Ronan man guilty in district court March 6 on charges of robbery, assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment.  According to charging documents, 22-year-old Nathan Mahseelah had gone to a residence on Panchot Aven...

Misconduct at state crime lab affects local drug cases

As many as 68 drug cases may have been affected by misconduct at the Montana State Crime Lab. Lake County officials confirm recently dismissing 10 criminal drug possession cases due to a former chemist at the Montana state crime lab being charged with using drugs taken from the lab.  Lake County Chie...

Lake County marriages and divorces for February 2018

February Marriages in Lake County: Justin Campbell-Gillies and Tyla Marie Jensen Daniel Joseph May and Marselle Lee Walhood Everitt Dale Foust and Edra Pilling Brianna Kaye Frank and Andrew Scot Absher Sequoia Jade Liberty and Christopher Lance Sasser John Patrick Shima and Sandra Kay Taylor Cole Lee Bruh...

Ronan man sentenced for his part in woman’s death Ronan man sentenced for his part in woman’s death

POLSON — A Ronan man was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections last week with 10 years suspended for a drunk driving incident that resulted in a woman’s death.  Roland James Brown, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal endangerment stemming from an Aug. 20, 2017, i...

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