Three Bitterroot men withdraw not guilty pleas in District Court

2013-04-11T19:47:00Z Three Bitterroot men withdraw not guilty pleas in District Court Ravalli Republic

Three Bitterroot Valley men withdrew their not guilty pleas Thursday morning in hearings before Ravalli County District Judge James A. Haynes.

Jason Steven Kirkbride, 40, pleaded guilty in two separate cases.

According to court records, in June 2012 law enforcement was dispatched to Quast Lane in Corvallis for a burglary in progress, but was notified that the suspects had fled.

The owner of Fox Hollow Animal Project reported that when he arrived at this business just before 7 a.m. he noticed a vehicle parked outside. He walked through the main door, running into a female who then ran back into the house. The owner checked the vehicle and then went back through the main door where he noticed it was propped open by his medication box. When he went back inside he heard the truck start, court records state.

In that case, Kirkbride was charged with burglary and attempted criminal possession of dangerous drugs, both felonies; criminal possession of burglary tools and attempted theft, both misdemeanors.

Then in March, Kirkbride was arrested for attempting to fill a false prescription of 240 Dilaudid pills. He pleaded guilty to felony fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs.

In both cases, Kirkbride’s sentencing is scheduled for June 13 at 9 a.m.

Belgrade resident Jason Allen Gardner, 33, pleaded guilty to felony charges filed after he was pulled over on U.S. Highway 93 with 10.1 ounces of marijuana in his vehicle last February.

According to court records, Gardner was driving erratically while traveling on the open highway when an officer observed the behaviors and performed a traffic stop.

The officer saw a package of syringes in the back seat of the vehicle and when the officer ran Gardner’s name he was advised that he was on felony probation.

Gardner accepted a plea agreement that dismissed misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. He pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to distribute, and use or possession of property subject to criminal forfeiture. His sentencing is scheduled for June 13 at 9 a.m.

An Idaho man who attempted to drive up Lost Trail Powder Mountain to evade police also pleaded guilty Thursday morning.

According to court records, Larry Joe Gardner, 67, was initially pulled over after exceeding the posted speed limit in Darby. After stopping, he spun his tires and raced off at high speeds.

Gardner led Darby Marshal Larry Rose and a Montana Highway Patrol trooper on a 30-mile-long high-speed chase up to Lost Trail, where he attempted to drive up the ski slope. It was discovered that the vehicle he was driving had been stolen from the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital area.

Gardner pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal endangerment and theft, all felonies. His sentencing is scheduled for June 13 at 9 a.m.

In other court news

• Serena M Janssen, 48, pleaded no contest Thursday morning after she scratched a police officer in October.

According to court records, Janssen attempted to hit a law enforcement officer when approached at her residence. Dispatchers had received reports of a woman making suicidal threats. She then attempted to punch law enforcement and began scratching their hands.

Janssen is charged with felony assault on a peace office and is set to be sentenced June 13 at 9 a.m. in district court.

Reach reporter Julia Cummings at 363-3300 or julia.cummings@ravallirepublic.com.

Reporter Julia Cummings can be reached at 363-3300 ext. 35 or at julia.cummings@ravallirepublic.com.

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