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Pierre’s five-year sentence for criminal endangerment gets suspended

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A Lake County man who entered a no-contest plea to the amended charge of felony criminal endangerment at District Court in Polson on Feb. 5 was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections on March 25 for five years with all that time suspended.

William Baptiste Pierre, 34, was initially facing an assault with a weapon charge, which is a more serious offense, but he accepted the no-contest plea to the lesser charge.

According to court records, on Sept. 14, 2018, Ronan police responded to a report that Pierre had pointed a gun at another person. At the scene, a man said he had gone to bed at around 1 a.m. The man said he awoke to the sound of someone banging on the door. 

The man banging on the door was later identified as Pierre, who was demanding the keys to a car. Pierre said the keys belonged to a car he sold to a woman who lived at the residence. Pierre said he never transferred the title. 

The man told Pierre he didn’t know anything about the transaction and that Pierre needed to leave. The man told police that Pierre started walking away but turned around, pulled a handgun and chambered a round. Pierre allegedly said: “You don’t want to f*** with me,” while pointing the gun at him.

District Judge James Manley gave Pierre credit for 177 days of jail time served.

 

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