Kalispell Man Sentenced to Prison for Shooting Up Trailer

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – A Kalispell man, arrested in 2007 after shooting up a woman’s trailer, has been sentenced to almost nine years in prison.

The sentencing of Donald Schwindt came the week after he led police on a chase across northwestern Montana after escaping from a county jail.

Schwindt was initially arrested in October 2007 after an early morning shooting in the Flathead Valley.

Police were called to a trailer after a woman reported Schwindt and another man, Brian Rendon, were shooting up her trailer and were wanted for murder in Oregon.

Several shots were fired as officers arrived on the scene and the pair was arrested.

Schwindt made headlines again last week when he and another inmate escaped from the Mineral County Jail and were found near Troy.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula sentenced Schwindt to prison for 8 3/4 years, followed by three years of supervised release. Schwindt pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Rendon has already pleaded guilty to federal charges and is waiting to be sentenced.

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