Columbia Falls Man Pleads No Contest to Vehicular Homicide

By Beacon Staff

A 27-year-old Columbia Falls man has pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide for a February crash that killed a Eureka woman.

Tyrone J. Stallcup appeared in District Court Thursday, saying he was pleading “no contest” because he has no recollection of the collision that killed 19-year-old Lakeisha Dawn Thibault (TEE’-bow).

The plea agreement calls for Stallcup to be sentenced to 20 years with the Department of Corrections with 10 suspended. Sentencing is set for Aug. 5.

Prosecutors say Stallcup had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27 — more than three times the legal limit — when he sideswiped Thibault’s car on U.S. 2 near Columbia Falls just before 1 a.m. on Feb. 12. Both vehicles rolled into the ditch and both drivers were ejected. Thibault was killed when her vehicle rolled on top of her.