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Lake County District Court news for Aug. 2, 2017

Judge James A. Manley sentenced the following people on July 26:

Nicolette Rene Conko, 43, of Ronan, was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections with no time suspended after she was convicted of possession of dangerous drugs at trial on June 9. She was given credit for 51 days in jail. Manley recommended she be screened for drug and mental health treatment. Deputy county attorney James Lapotka said he would dismiss a tampering with evidence charge in lieu of the conviction.

Xavier James Gonzales- Graybill, 29, of Bigfork, was sentenced to three years in DOC with all time suspended for possession of dangerous drugs. He was given credit for 49 days in jail and ordered to pay $1,510 in fines and fees.

Angel Renee Adams, 32, of Pablo, was given a deferred prosecution agreement after she completed a chemical dependency evaluation. She was charged with possession of dangerous drugs.

Judge Kim Christopher sentenced the following people on July 27:

Brian Keith Dawson, 49, of Ronan, was sentenced to 10 years in DOC with seven years suspended as part of a plea agreement for his fourth partner family member assault which occurred on May 29, 2016 – and probation violations. Dawson was given credit for 53 days in jail and 36 days in Rimrock, a drug and alcohol treatment center. The agreement called for three years in DOC followed by two years of probation, but Christopher didn’t agree. Rather than go to trial, Dawson agreed to more suspended time that Christopher wanted. Dawson had received a deferred 3-year sentence on May 15 that was revoked due to numerous parole violations. Deputy county attorney Brendan McQuillan said Dawson “has an incredible alcohol problem that results in a violence problem.”

Angelique Bernardine Ramon, 23, of Polson, was given a three-year deferred sentence for three counts of criminal endangerment. She got one year deferred for each count and was ordered to spend 30 days in jail in accord with the wishes of three victims. According to a court document, Ramon rear-ended a vehicle on July 10, 2016, on U.S. Highway 93 near Rocky Point Road. Two victims lost consciousness as a result of the crash, two had concussions and one had multiple leg contusions. Ramon had a blood alcohol content of .213, according to a court record. Defense attorney Lael Gabrian said Ramon had worn a SCRAM alcohol monitoring bracelet for 11 months successfully. Ramon, who had an ankle fracture as a result of the crash, apologized to her victims. She was ordered to pay $24,000 in restitution.

Robert Victor Fyant, 42, of Arlee, was given a three-year deferred sentence for theft after he stole money from the gift shop of the People’s Center from Oct. 1, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2015 while he worked as an administrative assistant in the preservation department. He was ordered to pay $10,934 in restitution.

Joseph Louis Couture, 25, of Ronan, was sentenced to six months in jail with all suspended except for seven days in jail for an amended charge of misdemeanor criminal trespass. Couture was originally charged with felony burglary after he stole four knives from a Ronan home.

Nicole Couture, 29, of Polson, was given a one-year suspended sentence for an amended charge of her first DUI, a misdemeanor, as part of a plea agreement. She was ordered to spend 10 days in jail. Couture was originally charged with criminal child endangerment related to a July 25, 2016 traffic incident in which she had two children under age 14 in her vehicle. She had a blood alcohol content of .198, according to a court document.

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