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POLSON – A Ronan man may not go to trial for allegedly killing his brother because of a recent motion for a change of plea hearing.

Harry Lozeau, 53, is scheduled for a change of plea hearing on Jan. 14. 

Lozeau led Lake County authorities on a two-day manhunt through the Mission Mountain Tribal Wilderness in June 2014, after witnesses reported that he shot and killed his brother Terry Lozeau, 51, near Mollman Pass Trail. 

Lozeau had been drinking earlier in the evening before he shot his brother in the head as the man worked on a car the two had argued over, court documents allege. 

Lozeau has been in jail for just less than 200 days. His bond was lowered from $1 million to $300,000 in November. 

If Lozeau changes his plea to guilty and agrees to serve time for the crime, it will be far from his first time in the prison system. He has been convicted more than six times for alcohol-fueled crimes. The incidents include a 1983 negligent homicide conviction from a drinking and driving wreck where a woman and her unborn child died; a 1983 assault and battery conviction; and a negligent vehicular assault conviction where he injured three people and fled the scene in 1994. 

Some individuals within the justice system have made clear they believe Lozeau is a poor prospect for rehabilitation and that he presents a danger to the public. Authorities have also noted his past lack of remorse for his crimes. 

“The defendant expressed minimal remorse for his offense and little empathy for his victims,” then-State Probation and Parole Officer Dave Weaver wrote in a report dated March 21, 1995. “He did not accept full responsibility for this offense, and expressed concern that the victim may in some way be responsible to some degree.”

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