Fox pleads guilty to possession of sawed-off shotgun
POLSON — A Polson man admitted to the illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun. David Micheal Fox, 67, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on April 28 to felony possession of a sawed-off shotgun. The plea was entered as part of a plea agreement that will dismiss at sentencing, one count of criminal endangerment.
According to court records, on July 25, 2021, a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a report of unsafe shooting. At the scene, a nearby resident told the deputy that Fox had been yelling for the past two or three hours. The resident also claimed to have observed Fox fire a round from a sawed-off shotgun, point the gun at his residence, and issue a verbal threat to kill. Fox was reportedly upset because he had recently been kicked out of his mother’s house. The mom confirmed the statements made by the concerned area resident and Fox was detained. Fox denied firing a weapon and claimed to have set off fireworks. The deputy located three shotgun shells in Fox’s front pocket.
Fox also denied having a sawed-off shotgun, but later confessed to having one and directed the deputy to its location.
Judge John Larson of Missoula, who appeared remotely, set sentencing for June 23.