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Gabriel Villalva Banned From Yellowstone
A 27-year-old Colorado man who walked dangerously close to Old Faithful geyser in September is banned from Yellowstone National Park and nearby Grand Teton National Park for five years. Gabriel Villalva pleaded guilty Thursday to disorderly conduct and foot traffic on a thermal area...
Bozeman Spouse Killer Gets 102 Years
Q2 in Billings reports that a Bozeman man, accused of using a frying pan to kill his wife, has pleaded guilty. Jake Collins faces up to 102 years in prison for the New Years Eve 2016 homicide. He was scheduled to go on trial in August for deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence, but chose to…
Nurse to Plead Guilty
Former Billings Clinic nurse Donald Mills– fired last year for diverting painkillers intended for patients for his personal use– has indicated he will plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Billings.
Mills is charged with tampering with consumer products and acquiring Fentanyl by misrepre…
Tribal Officer Will Plead
Q2 reports that a Fort Peck Tribal law enforcement officer has said he will plead guilty next week to burglarizing the Fort Peck Tribal Law and Justice Building.
33-year-old Mikkel Shields was charged in U.S. District Court in Great Falls with four counts of burglary...
Morales Convicted of Rape
Q2 reports that a jury found 22-year-old Tristan Morales guilty Thursday of raping a young girl in April of 2017, despite his claim that he only touched her inappropriately.
Morales was convicted in Yellowstone County District Court of one count of sexual intercourse without consent...
Man Pleads Guilty To Stabbing Broken Rope
Robert Lee Bauer pleaded guilty Monday to stabbing and killing 40-year-old Joseph Broken Rope in December.  Bauer’s plea was to mitigated deliberate homicide.  He says Broken Rope had assaulted him moments before he retaliated by stabbing him...