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Woman awaits mental health exam before sentencing

A Polson man accused of assaulting a fellow group home member pled guilty to aggravated assault. Harley Gene Press, 26, entered the plea at District Court in Polson on Nov. 25 before Judge James Manley.  Depending on the outcome of a court-ordered mental health evaluation, sentencing could include a commitment to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for 10 years or the Montana Department of Corrections for 10 years with five years suspended. Manley is not bound by the plea agreement because it was entered after an omnibus hearing. The maximum penalty for aggravated assault is 20 years in prison. Press was accused, according to charging documents, of attac...


Gardipe gets 10 years for assault with machete

For assaulting a woman with a machete over the theft of five dollars, District Judge James Manley committed a Ronan man to the Montana Department of Corrections for 10 years with all but time served of 253 days suspended. Amiel Gardipe Jon Jr., 23, pled guilty to felony assault with a weapon on Aug. 17. T...


Charges filed in Conko Camel murder Charges filed in Conko Camel murder

News from CSKT FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Deliberate homicide charges were filed Monday, Oct. 26, in the Montana Twentieth Judicial District Court for the death of William “Bill” Conko Camel, who was killed two years ago near Dixon, within Sanders County. An arrest warrant was issued for C...


Evaluation required before sentencing

A man from both Polson and Hot Springs entered an Alford plea at District Court in Polson on Oct. 28 to felony indecent exposure to a minor.  Jonathon Dell Tifft, 29, told the court that he was suffering from a mental health problem when he exposed himself to several girls who were on a parade float ...


Man sentenced for assault

Judge James Manley sentenced a Polson man in District Court at Polson on Oct. 28 to the Montana State Prison for 10 years with five years suspended on one count of assault with a weapon and another 10 years with all that time suspended on one count of tampering with witnesses or informant. Alan Lewis Kibl...


Man pleads not guilty to thefts Man pleads not guilty to thefts

A North Dakota man is accused of stealing the bank deposit bag from the manager’s office at Polson Bay Golf Course, not once but twice. Robert Todd Gustafson, 56, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Oct. 29 to felony theft. According to court records, on July 14, 2014, survei...


Suspect makes better choice after taking store keys

One plea agreement resolved three separate criminal cases against a Polson woman. Kiirsten Nicole Fairchild, 19, was facing two counts of burglary, two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, robbery, theft, criminal endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.  The plea agreement res...


Eight charges dismissed in assault case

A Polson man, who was facing eight counts of partner or family member assault plus one count of unlawful restraint, had all but one of the charges dismissed after the alleged victim recanted her story. Pernnell Albert Dionne Jr., 35, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Oct. 21 to one m...


Hesse sentenced to 80 years for beating death Hesse sentenced to 80 years for beating death

District Judge Jason Marks, of Missoula, sentenced a former Colorado man to the Montana State Prison for 80 years on one count of deliberate homicide for the beating death of Gyme Kelley, 63, of Ronan.  William Lowery Hesse II, 54, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Oct. 22. He was also sen...


Conviction results in 4-year sentence

Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher committed a Mullan Idaho man to four years with the Montana Department of Corrections with all but 45 days suspended on one count of criminal endangerment, a felony.  The sentence was handed down at District Court in Polson on Oct. 15. Brian Andrew Fernquis...


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