Bonner man sentenced for pointing rifle at man in dispute

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Jesse Pearce. 

Zoe Buchli

A Bonner man was sentenced Tuesday for pointing a rifle at a man outside a motel on West Broadway Street last summer.

Jesse Lee Pearce, 44, received a three-year deferred sentence for one count of criminal endangerment. If he follows the conditions, which include not possessing a firearm, the charge will be wiped from his record.

Pearce entered a no contest plea to one count of criminal endangerment in July. A no contest plea means the defendant is not admitting guilt but concedes the prosecution has sufficient evidence for a conviction and accepts the punishments of a guilty plea.

Missoula District Court Judge Robert DesChamps presided.

Missoula police responded to a disturbance at a motel on West Broadway Street on Aug. 22, 2020. They found Pearce with his wife and child.

Pearce reported he was in an argument with his wife when a man approached them, appearing to be filming them with his phone, according to charging documents. He said he told the man, the victim in the incident, to stop filming,

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