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Articles with the Tag: Courts

High risk sex offender gets 100 year sentence High risk sex offender gets 100 year sentence

District Judge Kim Christopher sentenced a Polson man convicted of rape to Montana State Prison for 100 years on Thursday, July 5. Vaughn James, 45, was sentenced as a persistent felony offender and won’t be eligible for parole until having served 50 years and completing phase I and II of the state&...

Protest occurs in relation to McDonald Lake homicide Protest occurs in relation to McDonald Lake homicide

POLSON – Demonstrators  arrived at the Lake County Courthouse on Monday morning to protest a decision to release individuals associated with the Cassandra Harris case. “It’s not ok,” said Amy Castlio, one of the protest organizers. She continued to say: “There are so man...

Missoula sex trafficker sentenced to 30 years in prison Missoula sex trafficker sentenced to 30 years in prison

  BILLINGS - The United States Attorney’s Office announced that Terrance Tyrell Edwards was sentenced to 360 months in prison, lifetime supervised release, and a $1,000 special assessment. Edwards was also ordered to pay $3,370 in restitution to one of his victims. U.S. District Judge Susan P...

Man sentenced to jail for criminal endangerment Man sentenced to jail for criminal endangerment

A Pablo man was sentenced to 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with seven years suspended on a criminal endangerment charge at District Court in Polson on Thursday.  District Judge Kim Christopher sentenced David Boyed Vanbouchaute, 32, to an additional year in the Lake County jail ...

Man pleads guilty to felony criminal endangerment

Ronald Jason Beavers, 45, was initially charged with strangulation of a partner or family member. He entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Wednesday to the amended charge of felony criminal endangerment. On the evening of October 29th, 2017, the victim returned from a basketball tourname...

Ronan man admits he stole car

A Ronan man admitted on Thursday at District Court in Polson to stealing a 2006 Kia in Ronan.  On December 29, 2017, a woman reported leaving her 2006 Kia running while she went into her sister's residence to pick up her children, according to court records. The Kia was gone when she went to leave wi...

Finley receives suspended sentence

A Ronan man was committed to the State Department of Corrections for five years with all that time suspended at District Court in Polson on May 23 following a criminal endangerment conviction. According to court records, on Nov. 12, 2017 a Flathead Tribal Police Officer was on routine patrol when he obser...

Lake County Drug Court honors first graduate Lake County Drug Court honors first graduate

POLSON – Karen Tromp figured life as she knew it was over a year ago. She was in her 60s and set to go to prison after being charged with a felony for possession of dangerous drugs. A 45-year-old addiction brought her to this point.  She said she was a functioning addict for many years. She had...

Former CPS worker pleads guilty to criminal endangerment

A former Lake County social worker, who was charged with raping a Polson woman, has pleaded guilty to the amended charge of criminal endangerment. According to court records on Sept. 26, 2017, Chase Joseph Ripley, 34, in his capacity as Child Protective Services agent for Lake County’s Department of...

Mahseelah sentenced for robbery, assault with a weapon, endangerment Mahseelah sentenced for robbery, assault with a weapon, endangerment

A Ronan man, who was convicted by a Lake County jury on March 6, on charges of robbery, assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment, was sentenced by District Judge James Manley on May 16 to the State Department of Corrections (DOC) for a total of 11 years. Any commitment to the DOC beyond five years lik...


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