Missoula man sentenced for 2020 killing of Sundance Hernandez

Zoe Buchli

A Missoula man was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in state prison for the 2020 shooting of Sundance Ron Leon Hernandez.

Christopher L. Newrider, 33, will serve the term with no time suspended. It includes a 10-year parole restriction. Newrider pleaded guilty to the charge in March.

District Judge Robert “Dusty” Deschamps III presided at Wednesday’s sentencing.

Court documents say Newrider shot and killed Hernandez on Dec. 8, 2020 in the Creekside Apartments parking lot. Newrider left the scene and headed toward the Clark Fork River. Law enforcement’s search for him caused a lockdown at Missoula College, and the University of Montana warned residents and students to avoid the area north of the Clark Fork River along East Broadway.

Missoula police arrested Newrider on Dec. 9. At the time of his arrest, Newrider was wanted for absconding from probation and parole.

At Newrider’s sentencing, Hernandez’s siblings shared how the death of their brother shook them.

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