DEER LODGE – Bruce Arnold Anderson, 64, who was scheduled to stand trial on Sept. 18, accepted a plea agreement stated in an amended information and pleaded guilty to felony criminal endangerment Tuesday in Deer Lodge district court.
Seven other charges including kidnapping, assault with a weapon and rape were withdrawn, as was a persistent violent offender classification.
Anderson admitted that on Nov. 17, 2015, he brought a hand gun into the home of Jane Doe One. He said, during the evening he consumed beer and lost control of the gun and it fell onto the floor endangering Jane Doe and her son.
“If the gun had gone off, either one could have been shot or killed,” he said.
According to court records, between Nov.17-20, 2015, Jane Doe One reported to the Deer Lodge Assistant Chief of Police she had been sexually assaulted and threatened. The record states on Nov. 17, Anderson entered her home by deception with a .45-caliber pistol. She reported to police Anderson was upset that she wanted to break up with him and held her in the home, threating to kill her and her son and then himself.
On March 15, 2017, a jury of seven women and five men issued a unanimous verdict finding Anderson guilty on three felony counts of burglary, sexual intercourse without consent and sexual assault of Jane Doe Two.
A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered, including a psycho-sexual evaluation. That report is not yet complete. When it is, Judge Ray Dayton will sentence Anderson on both cases. In the meantime, Anderson remains in jail without bond.