By Alan Sorensen
Four men were sentenced on criminal charges in 12th
Judicial District Court here in mid February and one is
awaiting sentencing for admitting probation violations.
Pete Sutherland, 40, Rocky Boy, last week admitted six drug
offenses and failing to pay restitution in violation of his
conditions of release. Disposition of his case was set for 4
p.m. March 14.
Sutherland was sentenced to 25 years in prison with 15
years suspended for the May 16, 1986 stabbing death of Randy
Stuker in downtown Havre. He also was given two years to
serve consecutively for use of a weapon in the assault.
Sutherland was released on probation Dec. 27, 1993. He
admitted violating conditions of his release in December
1997 and was given additional chemical dependency conditions
to abide by in his suspended sentence.
Sutherland was released Jan. 29 on $5,000 bail.
Arthur Roy Lawrence, Jr., 26, Havre, pleaded guilty to
obstructing a peace officer and was given a 6-month
suspended sentence. He was ordered to pay all fees and
surcharges and given credit for time served. Lawrence was
caught harboring a man wanted by police on May 9, 2000.
Michael W. Kaftan, 40, Havre, pleaded guilty to three
counts of obtaining drugs fraudulently. He was sentenced to
five years in Montana State Prison on each count. The first
and second counts were to run concurrently and the third was
to be consecutive with the first two. All three were
suspended provided Kaftan abides by conditions set down in
his pre-sentence investigation. He was ordered to pay
Kaftan admitted altering and falsefying prescriptions
between September and November 1999.
Jason Richard DeLorme, 20, Havre, was given a 5-year
suspended prison sentence on the condition that he abide by
conditions set down in the pre-sentence investigation. He
also must pay the remaining $2,295 of restitution owed.
DeLorme was given credit for 38 days served and his fees and
surcharges were waived. His sentence is to be served
concurrently with his sentence from Chouteau County.
DeLorme pleaded guilty Dec. 22, 2000 of stealing items from
a Havre apartment on Oct. 23, 1999.
Troy McGarvey, 34, Kalispell, was sentenced Feb. 14 to two
years in Montana State Prison. The judge suspended the
sentence on conditions. There was no fine, but McGarvey was
ordered to pay restitution and all court fees and
McGarvey pleaded guilty to theft Dec. 22, 2000 for stealing
items from a garag