Evergreen Man Gets 110 Years for Killing Neighbor

By Beacon Staff

A 48-year-old man convicted of shooting his neighbor to death in Evergreen northeast of Kalispell was sentenced Thursday to 110 years in prison.

In June, a Flathead District Court jury found Baron Foster guilty of deliberate homicide in the May 8, 2009, death of 42-year-old Michele Miller. Prosecutors said Foster was drinking and arguing with Miller when he picked up a 9 mm pistol and fired it twice, hitting her in the head.

District Judge Ted Lympus said before the sentencing that “there is no more serious offense in the court’s mind than deliberate homicide.” The sentence is comprised of 100 years for deliberate homicide and 10 years for the use of a firearm. Foster will not be eligible for parole for at least 27 years.

Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan said the lengthy prison term provides a measure of justice for the victim and her family.

“As much as you ever can in a case like this,” he said. “There is never any way you can replace the loss of life, the loss that the family feels.”

Foster declined to speak at Thursday’s hearing.