A man accused of pointing a pistol at someone’s face showed for court at the last second Thursday, even though his arraignment had been postponed once already.
District Judge Kurt Kreuger was not pleased.
“Do you think you can just come and go as you please?” he asked the defendant, 23-year-old Ronnie Lew Cleland, after he appeared just before morning hearings were over.
Cleland, whose address isn’t listed in court documents, told Krueger his car had broken down on the way to Butte.
Krueger’s response: “This isn’t a grocery store. You don’t get to come and go as you please.”
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Moments later, Cleland pleaded not guilty to felony assault with a weapon and Krueger set the next hearing for Oct. 3. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and fine up to $50,000.
According to prosecutors, a man went to an apartment in Silver Bow Homes on July 22 and Cleland approached him.
The man said Cleland “grabbed a black pistol and chambered a round and pointed it at his face and told him he needed to leave or he was going to shoot” him, prosecutors said in charging documents.
They don’t say why Cleland might have done it but his cousin “walked into the residence and told him to put the gun away and he did.”
Cleland remains free on bond.