Man Accused of Trying to Rob Drug Dealer Pleads

By Beacon Staff

A former Kalispell man has pleaded guilty to reduced charges stemming from a December 2009 confrontation with a suspected drug dealer in which he was shot four times and seriously injured.

Bryan K. Schloss appeared in District Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to accountability to criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge from attempted robbery and to drop a felony charge of criminal endangerment. Sentencing is set for March 3.

Prosecutors say the 27-year-old Schloss and Bo Hanger conspired to rob suspected drug dealer David Palumbo on Dec. 5, 2009. The evening ended in a confrontation in an SUV in which Palumbo shot Schloss multiple times, leaving him with injuries to his face, abdomen and hand.

The 23-year-old Palumbo was sentenced in December to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to felony possession of a firearm for furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. The Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell reports that Hanger is awaiting trial.

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