Former Stevensville Mayor Brandon Dewey pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor charges of official misconduct as part of a plea agreement on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in Ravalli County District Court.
Judge Jennifer Lint sentenced Dewey to an 18 month sentence — 6 months on each charge — with all but 14 days suspended, as detailed in the agreement, and ordered him to pay $28,196 in restitution. As part of the plea agreement, Dewey is barred from holding public office and waives his right to appeal or otherwise challenge the conviction. Dewey was initially charged with three felony charges of theft by embezzlement and three misdemeanor counts of official misconduct in July of 2022.
Former Stevensville mayor Brandon Dewey appears in Ravalli County District Court on Wednesday, July, 27, 2022.
Dewey was accused of using town funds to pay for his personal legal fees by trying to bypass the town’s usual claim process, allocating himself retroactive pay not authorized by the Town Council, and improperly giving some employees severance pay.
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