Hungry Horse Man Pleads No Contest in Shooting

By Beacon Staff

A 20-year-old Hungry Horse man has pleaded no contest to two felony charges of assault with a weapon in a shooting that injured a woman during an argument over money.

Jeremiah Rupert entered his plea Thursday in District Court. He told the court he felt remorse for shooting Lisa Wetherelt in the neck and upper arm on Sept. 19, 2009 while attempting to shoot Adam Chapman after Chapman refused to give him $100.

Court records say Rupert and Chapman argued after Rupert demanded the money and threatened to shoot him as the two sat in their trucks. Seeing the gun, Chapman ducked, put the car in gear and attempted to flee. Wetherelt, his passenger, was hit.

Sentencing is set for July 22.

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