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Articles with the Tag: Courts

Knox awaits sentence for pouring gas on a woman with lighter in hand Knox awaits sentence for pouring gas on a woman with lighter in hand

It took a Lake County jury less than three hours of deliberations before finding a Lakeside man guilty of four of five felony charges. Dustin Hayes Knox, 42, was accused of pouring gasoline on a woman after breaking into her Lake Vista Court home on July 5, 2018.  The trial began Monday, Feb. 4,...

Family fills courtroom seeking justice for death of Ronan woman Family fills courtroom seeking justice for death of Ronan woman

Almost eight months after Cassandra Harris, 24, was killed, the person held most culpable for her death was sentenced in an emotion-filled courtroom. At District Court in Polson on Jan. 30, Judge James Manley sent Joseph Conko Parizeau, Jr., 23, of Big Arm, to Montana State Prison for 10 years with none o...

Auld sent to prison for attempted robbery

An Elmo man, Peter James Auld, 31, was committed at District Court in Polson Jan. 23 to the state Department of Corrections for three years with one year suspended on an attempted robbery charge.  The sentence, handed down by Judge James Manley, followed the recommendation of a plea agreement reached...

Mental health considered for woman who started fires Mental health considered for woman who started fires

A woman accused of setting fires to the U. S. Post Office in Big Arm and other public facilities in Montana has been denied a bond reduction. Jennifer Len Alice Cassidy, 25, appeared before District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher in Polson for two counts of felony arson on Jan. 10. The hearin...

Attorney recommends Michel get 20 years for child assaultAttorney recommends Michel get 20 years for child assault Attorney recommends Michel get 20 years for child assaultAttorney recommends Michel get 20 years for child assault

A Ronan man who was initially charged with sexual assault is receiving a recommended sentence to Montana State Prison for 20 years on the amended charge of aggravated assault. Keith Lee Michel Jr., 28, entered into a plea agreement during an appearance at District Court in Polson on Jan. 2. Lake County Attor...

Lichte sits in jail while awaiting sentencing Lichte sits in jail while awaiting sentencing

A former Polson property manager, Douglas Dennis Lichte, 42, pleaded guilty at District Court in Polson on Jan. 3 to 16 felony and three misdemeanor charges of theft, according to charging documents. The plea came without the benefit of a plea agreement, meaning Lichte will be at the mercy of the judge at...

Judge Christopher takes oath Judge Christopher takes oath

Deborah “Kim” Christopher was sworn in by Mike McGrath, Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court, for her fourth term as State District Court Judge for the 20th Judicial District, Lake and Sanders counties on Jan. 2 in Helena. The ceremony was held in Helena at the Montana Supreme Court.  ...

Myrick convicted of criminal endangerment

A Former Wolf Point man who now resides in St. Ignatius has entered into a plea agreement convicting him of felony criminal endangerment. Chris Allen Myrick, 36, pleaded guilty to the charge during a change of plea hearing at District Court in Polson Dec. 20. According to court records, on Aug. 31, multip...

Lake County officials sworn into office Lake County officials sworn into office

POLSON – Seven recently elected and re-elected Lake County officials were sworn in for their new terms and took their oaths of office Wednesday afternoon. Dec. 19, in the main courtroom of the Lake County Courthouse.  Montana’s Twentieth Judicial District Judge James Manley presided over ...

Property manager skips town

A former Polson property manager who skipped town with hundreds of thousands of dollars in security deposits is now wanted for skipping court. District Judge Deborah Christopher issued a warrant in the amount of $150,000 for the arrest of Douglas Dennis Lichte, 42. The warrant was issued after he faile...


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