Suspended Sentence for Man Shot in Drug Case

By Beacon Staff

A man who was shot four times and badly injured while trying to steal cocaine has been given a five-year suspended sentence.

The Daily Inter Lake reports 27-year-old Bryan Keith Schloss was sentenced Thursday by District Judge Ted Lympus in Kalispell. Schloss pleaded guilty in January to accountability to criminal possession of dangerous drugs while an attempted robbery charge was dismissed.

Prosecutors say Schloss and another man planned to steal cocaine from 23-year-old David Palumbo on Dec. 5, 2009. Court records say Schloss had a 9 mm pistol, but the gun jammed.

Palumbo fled on foot after shooting Schloss. Bo Hanger dropped Schloss off at the hospital. He has nearly $1 million in medical bills.

Palumbo has been sentenced to 10 years in prison while Hanger is still awaiting trial.