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Corcoran sentenced to 30 years in prison, 20 suspended

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POLSON — A Charlo man was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Dec. 9, to a total of 30 years in the Montana State Prison with 20 years suspended for threatening the mother of his child and her fiancé with a gun and fighting with responding law enforcement.

Stoney Randal Corcoran, 51, pled guilty in District Court at Polson Sept. 30 to felony charges of criminal endangerment, assault on a peace or judicial officer and intimidation.

According to court records, on Mar. 23, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an unspecified gas station in Ronan on a report that Corcoran had chased a woman down, threatened her with a gun and was blocking her in with his Ford Bronco. The woman was identified only by her initials, J. M.

At the scene, the first responding deputy ordered Corcoran to the ground out of fear he had a gun. Corcoran allegedly refused and fought with the deputy, punching him in the left cheek. A second deputy was able to take Corcoran into custody. 

A relative of the alleged victim told deputies that Corcoran had come to her house to pick up the daughter that he shares with J. M. but was unable to take her. He left but soon after spotted J. M. driving along U. S. Highway 93. He allegedly began to follow her while forcing other motorists to take evasive action to avoid colliding and seemed to be attempting to run her off the road while brandishing a gun. 

J. M. stated the Corcoran texted her that if she gets a restraining order “see how good it does her” and that she would never see her fiancé again.

J. M. also stated that Corcoran had come to her place of work and let himself into her house. At the house Corcoran is alleged to have held the fiancé at gun point until the fiancé was able to deescalate the situation. On another occasion, Corcoran allegedly pointed a gun at J. M. and her fiancé as they were driving around in the Charlo area.

Records show Corcoran was sentenced to the Montana State Prison in July 1989 for ten years with seven suspended for aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon. He has since been sent back to prison on numerous occasions for both violating terms of his probation and committing more crimes in at least three other counties in Western Montana and the state of Washington. The crimes mentioned in his report of violations include domestic violence, drug possession and failing to register as a violent offender in Lake County in 1991.

As part of the plea agreement, two counts of felony assault with a weapon were dismissed. Judge Robert J. Whelan of Butte presided over the case via the zoom platform. He gave Corcoran credit for 262 days jail time already served.

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