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A Butte woman must abide by numerous probation requirements or face up to seven years in prison for pointing a BB gun from her car window at three minors.

“This is a heck of a hammer hanging over your head,” District Judge Brad Newman told Cassandra LaTray, 26, on Tuesday after giving her a seven-year suspended sentence for felony assault with a weapon.

LaTray will seek substance-abuse treatment, must register as a violent offender and cannot have any contact with three minors she pointed the BB gun at or their families, among other conditions.

If she falls short, Newman said, “I won’t hesitate to exercise that hammer” by sending her to the Montana Women’s Prison.

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LaTray admitted Tuesday that she pulled alongside another car on May 20, 2017 at a stop light at Harrison and Grand avenues and pointed the gun at three minors. They thought it was a black semi-automatic handgun.

She was later stopped and police saw a BB gun with a Co2 cartridge sitting on the floor board. She told police “those kids threw something at this car” but denied pointing the gun at them.

In an agreement with prosecutors, she admitted the crime on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a weapon. Prosecutors dismissed two additional counts and dropped a separate case from this year.

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Government and politics reporter

Mike Smith is a reporter at the Montana Standard with an emphasis on government and politics.

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