Judge sentences Lloyd Barrus to life in prison without parole

MIKE SMITH

TOWNSEND — A judge on Friday sentenced 66-year-old Lloyd Barrus to life without parole in the Montana State Prison for his role in the 2017 shooting death of Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore.

District Judge Kathy Seeley also gave Barrus two additional life sentences for a high-speed chase he and his son, Marshall Barrus, had with police that ended in a shootout 100 miles away in Missoula County. Marshall Barrus was mortally wounded in the shootout.

The three life sentences will run concurrently.

Several people, including Moore’s wife, Jodi, gave statements inside a packed courtroom in the Broadwater County Courthouse before Seeley imposed the sentence. Jodi Moore said her husband was executed at short-range.

“Execute,” she said. “That’s what he did. Let’s call it that.”

Seeley said it was, indeed, an execution.

“I don’t know that there was a plan per se, but these two men with their extremist anti-government beliefs were both out of control, and they both made bad choices over and over that evening,’’ Seeley said. “I do not believe if he is out in the streets that the public will be safe.”

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