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Omingo sentenced to eight years

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POLSON — A St. Ignatius man was committed at District Court in Polson Dec. 15 to a total of eight years with the Montana Department of Corrections with no time suspended. The sentence was in accordance with a re-negotiated plea agreement reached in District Court at Polson Dec. 1.

Larrs Jalen Omingo, 21, entered a no-contest plea to strangulation of a partner or family member and was committed to the DOC for 5 years with none of that time suspended.

In a separate matter, Judge James Manley committed Omingo to the DOC for three years consecutive to the five years for his involvement in an assault on another inmate at the Lake County jail. The three years will run concurrent to another three years on a parole violation.

According to court records, on March 4, Flathead Tribal Police responded to the St. Ignatius area on a report that a female had been assaulted and her vehicle stolen. At the scene, the alleged victim told the responding officer that her boyfriend, Omingo, strangled her and threatened to “do something to her grandmother” if she didn’t give him control of her car. He allegedly wrapped his legs around her stomach and squeezed her throat hard enough that she could not breathe while issuing the threat.

Court records also show that Omingo was already on probation for pointing a gun at people.

Omingo was also charged with aggravated assault for his involvement in an altercation in the Lake County jail May 26, that resulted in another inmate suffering facial fractures at the hands of Omingo and two other inmates. A charge of aggravated assault was reduced to criminal endangerment as part of the agreement.

Judge Manley gave Omingo credit for having already served 276 days in the Lake County jail. Omingo was also ordered to pay restitution of $4,591.64.

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