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Anthony Rowe, 20, of Deer Lodge was sentenced to 20 years in Montana State Prison, with 10 years suspended for sexual intercourse without consent. During the suspended portion of the sentence he will be under supervision of the Adult Probation and Parole Bureau; Rowe was given credit for 469 days served.

Previously Rowe admitted that in late 2014-2015, he had sex with a 15-year-old girl acknowledging that at the time he knew she was too young to give consent. A child was born as a result of his actions.

According to the court records, Rowe was incarcerated in a sexual treatment facility in Idaho during 2016 for sexual assault of a 13-year-old, but failed treatment because he was deceitful and disengaged during treatment.

Theft, forgery

Shawn James Miller, 30, of Deer Lodge was sentenced to a six year commitment to the Department of Corrections with three years suspended for felony charges of theft and forgery and six months in jail for misdemeanor theft, suspended. The sentences will run concurrently, and during the suspended portion he will be under the supervision of the Adult Probation and Parole Bureau. He was given credit for 181 days served, but was ordered to pay restitution of $2,164.16 and $95 court fees.

Previously Miller admitted that in March 2017 he took property and sold it and on several occasions he cashed checks at a local business that were not his.

Brian Alex Campell, 28, of Deer Lodge pleaded not guilty to felony charges of theft, possession of stolen property — tools stolen from the Deer Lodge landfill; criminal manufacture of dangerous drugs, methamphetamine and criminal possession of imitation dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Campbell is in jail on a $50,000 bond; with conditions if he is released that include a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.

Plea in marijuana case

Kendall LeWayne Perkins, 49, of Helena pleaded not guilty to felony possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, marijuana. He is free on $10,000 bond.

According to court records, a Highway Patrol officer initiated a traffic stop of a car that was being driven erratically. When Perkins was told the officer suspected he was driving under the influence of drugs, he said he did not use drugs and agreed to let the officer inspect the trunk, where several bags of marijuana were found. Perkins said he planned to sell it in Helena.

Raymond Lee McKinnon, Jr., 45, of Deer Lodge pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, methamphetamine; and three misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle while license was suspended or revoked, fourth offense and failure to have liability insurance, sixth offense. McKinnon is free on his recognizance with conditions pending further court proceedings.

Plea in child sex case

Charles M. Byrne, 46, of Warren, Illinois, pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual intercourse without consent. He is free on $15,000 bond with conditions that include GPS monitoring.

According to court records, a mother reported that on three occasions the defendant sexually molested her daughter when she was six or seven years old. Recently the girl, now 13, told her mother, and during a forensic examination she described what happened.

Possession of THC

Jordan Marsters, 36, of Lewiston, Idaho, pleaded not guilty to felony  possession of dangerous drugs, namely THC concentrate (a marijuana derivative), and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while his license was suspended or revoked.

According to court records, Marsters was stopped Feb. 1 on Interstate 90 for speeding. While interacting with Marsters officer detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Marsters said he was traveling from Spokane and agreed to a search of the vehicle where the THC concentrate was found.

Prison assault

Two Montana State Prison inmates, Michael Keith Spell, 28, and Thomas Creel Lanham, 41, were charged with attempted deliberate homicide in the near-fatal beating of a fellow inmate.

According to court records, the incident occurred April 18, 2016 when Spell allegedly grabbed the victim from behind in a choke hold and wrapped his legs around him to restrict movement. Lanham reportedly approached with a lock at the end of a rope in his hand and used it as a swinging weapon to hit the victim until he was unconscious. The man was taken to the hospital where he was treated for severe injuries and fractures of the face, head and torso.

Spell is serving a 100-year sentence pronounced on April 17, 2015 in Richland County, for deliberate homicide, in the killing of 43-year-old Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold after trying to abduct here during her early morning job in Sidney in January 2012.

Lanham was sentenced March 26, 1998 in Flathead County to 140 years in prison for rape and burglary.

Judge Ray Dayton issued not guilty pleas on behalf of the defendants pending further court proceedings. They were returned to custody at the prison.


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