By Alan Sorensen
Five admitted felons were sentenced in 12th Judicial District Court in early May for various offenses.
Richard Allen Fifield, 40, Havre, was sentenced May 4 to six months with the Montana Department of Corrections with credit for 95 days already served. He also was given a 2-year suspended sentence to commence after completing his six-month sentence. He was ordered to comply with conditions set down in his pre-sentence investigation.
Fifield pleaded guilty March 10 to a fourth-offense driving under the influence of alcohol charge for an incident in Havre on Dec. 13, 2000. He also was fined $1,000 plus $20 prosecution fee, $10 domestic violence fee and $5 surcharge and told to pay all supervisory fees.
Matthew Michael Converse, 24, Great Falls, was sentenced May 7 to two years in prison with credit for 320 days served. The sentence was suspended with conditions. He also was ordered to pay his supervisory fees. Converse had admitted four violations of his conditions of release on March 28. The judge revoked his deferred imposition of sentence in that case and handed down the new sentence. The case involved a felony partner assault in Havre on July 14, 2000.
Jennifer Lynn Chiefstick, 26, Havre, was given a 3-year deferred imposition of sentence and ordered to comply with conditions in her pre-sentence investigation. She also must pay $2,351.25 restitution and a $500 fine plus fees and surcharges. Chiefstick had pleaded guilty April 2 to assault with a weapon for attacking another woman at a Havre bar with a beer bottle on Feb. 17.
Rueben Nathaniel McDowell, 25, Box Elder, was sentenced to five years in prison with an additional five years for being a persistent felony offender. The sentences were to run concurrently. The judge did not recommend McDowell for Boot Camp, but if he is accepted to and successfully completes Boot Camp, the judge might reconsider the remaining sentence. McDowell was given credit for 118 days already served and ordered to comply with conditions in his pre-sentence investigation. McDowell had pleaded guilty on March 27 to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Robert Young, also known as Robert Phillips, 37, Rudyard, was sentenced May 7 to one year and one day in prison with credit for 18 days served. He must abide by conditions in his pre-sentence investigation. Young pleaded guilty June 30, 2000 to felony assault on a peace officer for grabbing a detention officer and slamming him against a wall at the detention center on Feb. 20, 2000. He was given his deferred imposition of sentence in August 2000 and admitted March 28, 2001 to violating conditions of his release.