Plains Man Gets Deferred Sentence in Infant Son’s Death

Gunner Dye sentenced after judge rejected motion to set aside negligent homicide verdict

By Tristan Scott

THOMPSON FALLS — A Plains man has been given a six-year deferred sentence in the April 2014 death of his infant son.

The Missoulian reports District Judge James Manley sentenced Gunner Dye late last month after rejecting a motion to set aside the negligent homicide verdict in the death of Shane Gabriel-Leon Dye.

Public defender Ashley Morigeau argued the case was extremely medically and scientifically complex and was heard by jurors “who are below the average educational level.”

Prosecutors argued the case was not complex and Morigeau had not raised the education issue during jury selection.

Dye told investigators that the baby was crying and he bounced him up and down and the baby went limp. A medical examiner testified the infant had been shaken.

Dye served over 15 months in jail.

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