By Alan Sorensen
A man who admitted holding up a Havre convenience store at gunpoint was sentenced in 12th Judicial District Court earlier this month.
Daniel L. Olson, 27, of Billings was sentenced June 4 to seven years with the Department of Corrections. Olson was given credit for 168 days served in jail. Olson also was sentenced to 100 days in jail for the burglary of a downtown greenhouse.
Judge John Warner ordered Olson to pay $500 restitution and recommended that he be placed in the Boot Camp program.
Olson pleaded guilty April 30 to holding up a convenience store in the 100 block of West First Street at gun point shortly before 2 a.m. on Dec. 19 and stealing $1,451. The clerk reported that he was held up by a man wearing a ski mask and dark clothing. Officers investigated a complaint that a man was tapping on a trailer window in the 100 block of West Second Street and found and recovered $740 in bills blowing along the alley in the 10th block of Second Street.
Olson was caught at the alley in the 200 block of Montana Avenue by an officer who had been looking for Olson in connection with the greenhouse burglary committed in the same area the night before.
During sentencing, Olson said the gun was a cigarette lighter he had had since childhood.
Upon his release, Olson must abide by conditions set down in his presentence investigation.
In other recent District Court action, Robert Moreno, 49, of Havre pleaded guilty May 25 to fifth offense driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while his license was suspended or revoked, sixth offense. The charges resulted from an incident in Havre on Aug. 21.
Sentencing was set for 9 a.m. July 9. The penalty for the felony DUI charge is between six to 13 months in jail and a fine of between $1,000 and $10,000. It also includes a $20 prosecution fee, $10 victim's fee and $5 surcharge. The driving while suspended or revoked charge carries a sentence of between two days and six months and a fine of up to $500 plus a $15 prosecution fee and $5 surcharge.
Richard L. Turner, Jr., 34, of Box Elder pleaded guilty May 25 to forgery and admitted four probation violations. Turner's suspended sentence was revoked and he was sentenced on the forgery charge to eight years in Montana State Prison. The two sentences were to be served concurrently. Turner was ordered to remain under Department of Corrections jurisdiction upon his release from prison. Turner wrote checks using another name for more than $1,000 in cash and merchandise between Nov. 17 and 26.
Leo Allen, 36, of Havre was given a one-year deferred imposition of sentence on June 11 and fined $500. Allen also was ordered to comply with conditions in his presentence investigation report. He pleaded guilty April 18 to felony assault on two minors arising from an incident at his home in Havre on Nov. 18.
Gary Dwayne Nanini, 42, Havre, was sentenced June 11 to three years in prison on each of two counts: criminal possession of dangerous drugs and of items used to manufacture illegal drugs. The charges were filed after officers responded to a disturbance complaint from his home in Havre on Nov. 14, 1999. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently and were suspended with conditions set down in the presentence investigation. Nanini was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine to the Tri-Agency Task Force.
Joseph A. Bernard, 19, of Box Elder admitted six violations of conditions of his release: possession of marijuana, failure to complete chemical dependency treatment, failing to maintain employment, to pay supervisory fees and to pay child support, and failing to report as required to his probation officer. Bernard was sentenced to five years with the Department of Corrections with a recommendation to Boot Camp. The court retained jurisdiction.
Bernard's original three-year deferred imposition of sentence was handed down May 1, 2000, with credit for time served and an order for restitution, fees and surcharges. Bernard pleaded guilty April 3, 2000, to burglarizing a Hill County home on Jan. 20, 2000, and stealing $40, two speakers and a satellite receiver.