On June 7, attempted murder suspect Elijah Stonebear Williams entered a guilty plea to assault with a firearm and special allegations for Count 3. Count 1 and 2 were dismissed. Agreement was 10 years in prison.
The bailiff had to caution four people who were present for Williams' sentencing not to communicate with Williams. "This is your last warning or you will have to leave the courtroom."
Besides trying to communicate with Williams, at times their conversation was loud enough to be heard by others sitting 8n the courtroom.
Sentencing was continued to from June 25 to July 3 as Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett was not available. Judge Dale Reinholtsen wanted to hear from Deputy Public Defender Brie Bennett. She was unavailable today due to ascheduling conflict.
Today, Deputy Public Defender Casey Russo who was in court with Williams said Williams had been interviewed by an expert, defense feels that report will have an impact on sentencing.
Despite that explaination, Judge Reinholtsen denied defense request for a three week continuance but continued the matter to July 5 at 8:30 so Ms. Bennett could be present to explain why.
Deputy District Attorney Brent Kling is prosecuting the case. Deputy District Trent Timm was present for the People, he objected to the continuance.
July 5 update:
July 16 update: