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Morigeau plans to make amends

District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher deferred the imposition of sentencing for six years for a St. Ignatius woman who was convicted of stealing money from the St. Ignatius Fire Auxiliary. The sentence was handed down in Polson on Nov. 19. Annie Morigeau, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of ...

Shourds receives sentence related to high-speed chase

District Judge James Manley committed a Pablo man to the Montana Department of Corrections for five years with no time suspended on one count of felony criminal endangerment. The sentence was handed down at District Court in Polson on Nov. 18. Shawn Curtis Shourds, 41, pled guilty to the charge as part of...

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 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...

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...

Hesse found guilty of homicide Hesse found guilty of homicide

It took a Lake County jury a full day of deliberations before finding a former Colorado man guilty of deliberate homicide and tampering with physical evidence. William Lowery Hesse, 54, was accused of beating Gyme Kelley, 63, to death. The incident occurred inside Kelley’s fifth-wheel trailer. Hesse...

Staudenmayer gets 10 years for bail jumping

Robert Earl Staudenmayer, 34, of Bigfork, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Sept. 17 to ten years in the Montana State Prison with no parole eligibility for bail jumping. Staudenmayer was convicted by a Lake County jury on a bail jumping charge and is still awaiting trial on theft and money lau...

Woman pays restitution in debit card theft

A Ronan woman had the imposition of sentencing deferred for a period of six years and was ordered to pay restitution of $11,060.11 during a sentencing hearing at District Court in Polson on Sept. 16. Karen Michelle Gohl-Powell, 31, had entered a plea of guilty in July to felony deceptive practices for mak...

Templeton sentenced for thefts

Judge James Manley, of Polson, committed a Polson man to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of 13 years with 11 years suspended for a series of Lake County thefts and a burglary. Eric Templeton, 33, entered into a plea agreement at District Court in Polson on July 15 that resolved four sepa...


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