Former county commissioner sentenced in sex case
ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) - A former Anaconda-Deer Lodge County commissioner who was convicted of two felony sex crimes against a child has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and must serve at least 10 before being eligible for parole.
The Montana Standard reports 53-year-old Robert Pierce of Opportunity was sentenced Tuesday in District Court in Anaconda.
In April, a jury found Pierce guilty of sexual intercourse without consent and sexual assault. Prosecutors said the girl was molested between 2006 and 2008 and reported it to authorities in 2012. Pierce has maintained his innocence.
Pierce was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison with 15 suspended for rape and a concurrent 25 years for sexual assault.
NEWLYWED MURDER TRIAL
Teen cries while testifying at murder trial
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The teenage brother of a Montana woman on trial in the death of her new husband broke down on the witness stand when asked to describe his feelings toward her.
Michael Rutledge of Kalispell testified in tears on Tuesday that he was angry with defendant Jordan Graham because she had lied about the disappearance of her husband Cody Johnson and kept adding more lies to cover it up.
The 16-year-old Rutledge was with Graham when she led authorities to Johnson's body in Glacier National Park on July 11. Rutledge says she told him to tell others that park rangers had found the body.
Graham initially said Johnson disappeared July 7 after leaving with friends. She later told federal investigators she and Johnson argued and he accidentally fell from a cliff when she tried to remove his hand from her arm.
Graham cried quietly during her brother's testimony.
DILLON, Mont. (AP) - Officials in Beaverhead County say a man on a duck hunt over the weekend was injured when he was hit below the eye with bird shot.
Sheriff Jay Hansen says Jason Baker of Missoula shot a duck Saturday afternoon near Dillon. While retrieving the duck, another hunter from the same party shot at a low-flying group of ducks and bird shot hit Baker just below the eye.
Baker was treated in the emergency room at Barrett Hospital in Dillon and then taken to Saint Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
3 arrested in Pablo shooting; others sought
POLSON, Mont. (AP) - Officials in Lake County are investigating two weekend shootings at a trailer park in Pablo.
Undersheriff Dan Yonkin tells KERR-AM that three people were arrested Sunday for a shooting that Yonkin believes took place in retaliation for a shooting a day earlier. No one was injured in either shooting.
On Saturday night, someone fired five rounds from a shotgun into a trailer house with several people inside, including children.
On Sunday, someone used a handgun to fire shots at another trailer. Yonkin says 19-year-old Jonathan Drennan-Beck is facing charges of attempted deliberate homicide for the second shooting, along with drug possession while 19-year-old Francis Burke and 18-year-old Victor Barnaby are charged with felony conspiracy and possessing drugs.
Yonkin says Saturday night's shooter is still at large.
MALMSTROM AIRMAN DEATH
Malmstrom airman dies while lifting weights
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A security forces journeyman assigned to Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana has died after collapsing while lifting weights.
341st Missile Wing Commander Col. Robert Stanley tells the Great Falls Tribune that Senior Airman Vincent Sanchez of Downey, Calif., died Sunday evening. He was working out at a missile alert facility when he collapsed. He was provided medical aid on scene, but died before being transported to a Lewistown hospital.
Sanchez, who was 23, entered the Air Force in December 2009 and arrived at Malmstrom in Great Falls in July 2010.
His death is under investigation.
Stanley expressed the unit's condolences to Sanchez's family.
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