Whitefish Man Pleads Guilty to Firing Gun Downtown

Sean Howard Niles changed his plea during second day of his trial

By Justin Franz

A 24-year-old Whitefish man accused of firing a gun in downtown Whitefish and threatening two other men has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

Sean Howard Niles pleaded guilty to the amended misdemeanor charge during the second day of his trial in Flathead County District Court on April 4. Niles was previously charged with two counts of felony assault with a weapon following the November 2016 incident.

According to court documents, officers with the Whitefish Police Department were dispatched to the corner of Central Avenue and First Street at 1:10 a.m. on Nov. 28 after receiving a report of a disturbance with a gun. Upon arrival, officers talked to two men who said Niles had fired a gun and then pointed it in their direction, threatening to “kill them.” No one was injured in the alleged incident. Niles reportedly told police that he was trying to “scare off” some individuals.