Man given suspended sentence on hit-and-run charges – Hi-Line Today



HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A man accused of having committed a hit and run in Le Havre in March 2020 was given a suspended sentence in Montana State Prison for a total of 15 years and was ordered to pay more than $ 65,000 in compensation.

Bruce Edward McLain, who was 65 at the time of the incident, was convicted last week by Hill County District Court Judge Kaydee Snipes-Ruiz after pleading guilty to criminal mischief crimes by common ploy and forging or fabricating physical evidence in July. .

McLain was sentenced to 10 years suspended for mischief and 5 years for forgery. These were the penalties recommended in the plea agreement. The sentences will be executed consecutively and McLain will receive a credit of 487 days for the time served.

13 different parties affected by the incident will receive compensation, with amounts ranging from nearly $ 18,000 to $ 275.

During the suspended sentence, McLain was bound by numerous conditions. These range from the inability to use or possess a firearm, to prohibiting the consumption of alcohol, illegal drugs and other intoxicants, to prohibiting entering bars and casinos, to be prohibited from being within 5,000 feet of any of the properties he damaged.

In the judgment, Snipes-Ruiz said that “McLain’s involvement in the conduct of the offense is the result of his various mental health and addiction issues not being managed or treated appropriately at the time. when he committed these property offenses “. She says professionals at Montana State Hospital believe that “her drug addiction likely contributed to her irrational and impulsive behavior” and “likely contributed to her poor decisions related to her … crimes.”

Snipes-Ruiz said that of 20 victim impact statements the court provided, all recommended that McLain receive therapeutic help and only three recommended that he be incarcerated. She added that McLain’s criminal history is limited and “has only come to light in the last ten years” since his wife’s death.

According to the judgment, McLain must obtain a chemical dependency assessment and a mental health assessment / assessment within 30 days of conviction. He must remain in the care of chemical addiction and mental health treatment programs for the duration of his sentence.

McLain was originally charged with 98 different counts, but was reduced to the two felony counts in the edited information to which McLain pleaded guilty.


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