MT: Woman pleads guilty to endangerment for shooting husband while hunting
Woman pleads guilty to endangerment for shooting husband while hunting
December 17, 2010
A woman who said she accidentally shot and killed her husband pleaded
guilty to a felony criminal endangerment charge Thursday in Cascade County
Bette Jo White admitted to accidentally shooting her husband, Ronald Lynn
White, in the head while their car was stopped on the side of Highwood Road
on the evening of Feb. 21. White said she was aiming a handgun at a coyote
out of her husband's driver's side window while she sat in the passenger
seat of their car.
An affidavit from the Cascade County Sheriff's Office states that White
told responding officers she had smoked marijuana and taken prescription
drugs while she and her husband were in Fort Benton that day. Ronald White
also was drinking before the shooting, according to the affidavit.
White's nonbinding plea agreement stipulated that the state will
recommend a 10-year suspended sentence in exchange for her guilty plea, but
it's not clear if District Judge Dirk Sandefur, who questioned White
extensively before accepting her plea, will accept the recommended sentence.
Her sentencing was set for Jan. 27.
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