Texas Man Convicted in Triple Shooting Near Butte

Jury finds Tony Sawyer found guilty of three counts in shooting that killed one, injured two

By Tristan Scott

A Texas man has been convicted of killing a Montana man and shooting two others.

The Montana Standard reports that 48-year-old Tony Dwade Sawyer was found guilty Monday of deliberate homicide and two counts of attempted deliberate homicide.

The November 2015 shootings left 37-year-old Joe Powers dead and wounded Steve Drury and Hunter Smith.

Sawyer told investigators he feared for his life before shooting the three men in a rural area about 13 miles southeast of Butte. He says they had all used methamphetamine before driving to the area and that he believed Drury had planned to “get rid of” him.

But prosecutors argued against Sawyer’s self-defense claims, saying testimony showed Sawyer faced no danger and that he shouldn’t have fled after the shootings.

District Judge Brad Newman scheduled sentencing for Nov. 2.