Montana Student Enters Pleas in Shooting Encounter

Big Sky High School student entered an Alford plea to criminal endangerment following March incident

By Associated Press

MISSOULA — A Montana high school student has pleaded guilty to a series of juvenile charges but has denied driving at a school resource officer who shot at the car.

The Missoulian reports the Big Sky High School student entered an Alford plea Tuesday to a criminal endangerment charge and admitted to evidence tampering and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

According to court documents, the student in March fled from authorities who were searching him for a gun and drugs. Authorities say he attempted to hit the officer, who fired five times at the car.

The student is scheduled to be sentenced next month. Prosecutors intend to recommend that he be placed on youth probation until he is 21 years old. They will seek a five-year prison sentence if he violates probation.

Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup.

Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.