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Articles with the Tag: Crime

Vaile avoids jail time in Harris case Vaile avoids jail time in Harris case

By Jeff Smith of Anderson Broadcasting for the Valley Journal Another person involved in the death of Cassandra Harris had their case resolved with no jail time. Julia Vaile, 18, of Missoula, was convicted of misdemeanor careless driving during a change of plea hearing at District Court in Polson on March...

Bachert sentenced in assisted living facility neglect incident

Will Benjamin Bachert, 27, of Polson, was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Feb. 28 to three years with the Montana Department of Corrections with all of that time suspended.  He pled guilty to criminal endangerment in January. The charge stems from neglecting a patient with special needs in h...

Hwy. 93 drunk driving incident heard in court

A former Wolf Point man convicted of felony criminal endangerment had his imposition of sentencing deferred for three years for a charge stemming from a drunken driving incident where he went on a high-speed drive between Polson and Pablo on U.S. Highway 93. On Dec. 20, Chris Allen Myrick, 36, pled guilty...

Wilson receives deferred sentence

A Polson man, convicted of criminal endangerment, had his sentence deferred for a period of three years during a sentencing hearing at District Court in Polson on Feb. 20.  Daniel Joseph Wilson, 39, was accused of running a partner or family member off the road after a heated argument. The deferred s...

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...


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