DEER LODGE — A Deer Lodge man who slashed a man with a knife in the lobby of the sheriff’s office last summer was sentenced this week in district court to 15 years with the Department of Corrections with five suspended.
Anthony Ray Keys, 24, who was high on drugs and paranoid about people following him when he slashed John M. Dunne, earlier pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon, a felony. In addition to the sentence, he must pay $80 in court fees, but no restitution was ordered because Dunne inadequately substantiated his claim for lost wages or other restitution requirements, Judge Ray Dayton said.
Keys was initially charged with attempted deliberate homicide, but the charges were later reduced.
According to court records, at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Keys was in the lobby of the sheriff’s office in Deer Lodge waiting for a ride to Butte to catch a bus to Oregon.
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Dunne, 27, also of Deer Lodge, entered the sheriff’s office on official business when, without provocation, Keys pulled a knife and slashed him on the arm and face.
Sheriff Scott Howard, who was in his office, rushed to the lobby, drew his gun, and ordered Anthony Ray Keys, 24, to drop the weapon and arrested him.
After the incident, the sheriff called the response team, which determined Keys does not have a mental illness.
Dunne's injuries did not require medical treatment, Howard said.