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January 20, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a black man convicted of raping and killing a Montana school teacher, even though a dissenting judge insisted that Dewey E. Coleman "in all likelihood would not be facing execution if he were white." In one of the most sweeping opinions the court has rendered on capital punishment, the U.S.
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November 9, 2001 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are few clues, except the most unsettling one: a tall man in a long, dark coat and a black hat who walked through this small Western town in the Bitterroot Valley one morning this week, and then brazenly walked out again. When he left, three women in the local beauty salon were dead, their throats slashed. So far, a witness who saw the hatted man near the scene of the killings is the only lead Sheriff Perry Johnson has. There was no apparent robbery, no argument that anyone knows of.
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NEWS
April 16, 1987 | Associated Press
A teen-ager convicted in the shooting deaths of the parents of "Dallas" star Patrick Duffy was sentenced Wednesday to 180 years in prison. District Judge Frank Davis sentenced Kenneth Miller of Helena to 75 years in Montana State Prison for the murder of Terrence Duffy, 75 years for the murder of Marie Duffy, 20 years for robbery and 10 years for assault.
NEWS
January 9, 2001 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is known in some circles as the geographical cure. Pack up your child molester and ship him far away. Montana maintains--and Massachusetts does not deny--that this is what happened in the case of 43-year-old Nathaniel Bar-Jonah. The hulking Massachusetts native now is charged with kidnapping and murdering 10-year-old Zachary Ramsay. The child lived in Great Falls, Mont., where Bar-Jonah was sent by the state of Massachusetts after spending 12 years in a treatment center for sexual offenders.
NEWS
April 14, 1994 | Associated Press
An 11-year-old boy died Wednesday, a day after being shot in the head by a classmate on a crowded elementary school playground, authorities said. A 10-year-old boy upset over an argument the previous day at the Margaret Leary Elementary School fired a pistol three times Tuesday, police said. Jeremy Bullock, who was standing next to the intended target and about 10 feet from the shooter, died at St. James Community Hospital.
NEWS
January 9, 2001 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is known in some circles as the geographical cure. Pack up your child molester and ship him far away. Montana maintains--and Massachusetts does not deny--that this is what happened in the case of 43-year-old Nathaniel Bar-Jonah. The hulking Massachusetts native now is charged with kidnapping and murdering 10-year-old Zachary Ramsay. The child lived in Great Falls, Mont., where Bar-Jonah was sent by the state of Massachusetts after spending 12 years in a treatment center for sexual offenders.
NEWS
May 2, 1987 | PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writer
The Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously endorsed the nomination of William H. Webster as CIA director Friday, virtually assuring confirmation by the full Senate as early as next week. Before voting 15 to 0 for Webster, the Intelligence Committee met briefly behind closed doors to ask the FBI director about a newly acquired National Security Council document asking that Lt. Col. Oliver L. North contact the FBI about an undisclosed "classified matter."
NEWS
May 6, 1987
The second defendant in the murder of the parents of actor Patrick Duffy changed his plea to guilty to charges of deliberate homicide, robbery and assault. Sean Wentz, 19, of Helena, Mont., entered his plea in Virginia City, Mont., before District Judge Frank Davis, who scheduled a pre-sentence investigation but did not set a sentencing date. Wentz was charged along with 19-year-old Kenneth Miller with murdering Terrence and Marie Duffy during a holdup last Nov. 18 at their bar in Boulder.
NEWS
February 28, 1990 | Associated Press
A man shot one person to death and critically wounded another in a downtown restaurant early Tuesday before being killed by police officers, authorities said. "Some kind of an argument started, we don't know what about," Police Chief Don Millhouse said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1994 | FERNANDO ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A ranch hand suspected of killing one of the nation's most prominent cattle ranchers in Montana this week is also wanted in the 1986 slaying of a 26-year-old man in Irvine, authorities said Wednesday. David Llamas, 32, of Corona was arrested in Hobson, Mont., after Tuesday's discovery of the body of Wayne Stevenson, 51, a leading cattleman in that state, said Jim Hubble, a Judith Basin County attorney. Irvine police said they were ecstatic at the news of Llamas' arrest.
NEWS
April 14, 1994 | Associated Press
An 11-year-old boy died Wednesday, a day after being shot in the head by a classmate on a crowded elementary school playground, authorities said. A 10-year-old boy upset over an argument the previous day at the Margaret Leary Elementary School fired a pistol three times Tuesday, police said. Jeremy Bullock, who was standing next to the intended target and about 10 feet from the shooter, died at St. James Community Hospital.
NEWS
April 10, 1994 | DAVID FOSTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wayne Stevenson didn't have to check his cows every night. As one of Montana's most prosperous ranchers, the nation's biggest breeder of Black Angus cattle, he had hired hands for that. But he also was a man who fussed over his cows as if they were children, especially in calving season. A breeched calf might have to be pulled out of its mother. A cow could steal another's newborn calf. There's no telling what might happen. And so at 9 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1994 | From Associated Press
The wife of an internationally known cattleman got a ransom note demanding $1 million after her husband disappeared, authorities have disclosed. He was found shot to death two days later. Wayne Stevenson, 51, was reported missing Sunday evening after he failed to return from feeding cattle. His body was found near a shed Tuesday. He had been shot several times, Sheriff Steve Knecht said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1994 | FERNANDO ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A ranch hand suspected of killing one of the nation's most prominent cattle ranchers in Montana this week is also wanted in the 1986 slaying of a 26-year-old man in Irvine, authorities said Wednesday. David Llamas, 32, of Corona was arrested in Hobson, Mont., after Tuesday's discovery of the body of Wayne Stevenson, 51, a leading cattleman in that state, said Jim Hubble, a Judith Basin County attorney. Irvine police said they were ecstatic at the news of Llamas' arrest.
NEWS
February 28, 1990 | Associated Press
A man shot one person to death and critically wounded another in a downtown restaurant early Tuesday before being killed by police officers, authorities said. "Some kind of an argument started, we don't know what about," Police Chief Don Millhouse said.
NEWS
January 20, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a black man convicted of raping and killing a Montana school teacher, even though a dissenting judge insisted that Dewey E. Coleman "in all likelihood would not be facing execution if he were white." In one of the most sweeping opinions the court has rendered on capital punishment, the U.S.
NEWS
May 30, 1987 | United Press International
A 19-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 190 years in prison for shooting to death the parents of actor Patrick Duffy during a $90 robbery at their tavern last year. Sean Wentz, who pleaded guilty, was the second to be sentenced in the case. His co-defendant, Kenneth Miller, also 19, was sentenced to 180 years after his conviction on March 19 on robbery and felony homicide charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1994 | From Associated Press
The wife of an internationally known cattleman got a ransom note demanding $1 million after her husband disappeared, authorities have disclosed. He was found shot to death two days later. Wayne Stevenson, 51, was reported missing Sunday evening after he failed to return from feeding cattle. His body was found near a shed Tuesday. He had been shot several times, Sheriff Steve Knecht said.
NEWS
May 30, 1987 | United Press International
A 19-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 190 years in prison for shooting to death the parents of actor Patrick Duffy during a $90 robbery at their tavern last year. Sean Wentz, who pleaded guilty, was the second to be sentenced in the case. His co-defendant, Kenneth Miller, also 19, was sentenced to 180 years after his conviction on March 19 on robbery and felony homicide charges.
NEWS
May 6, 1987
The second defendant in the murder of the parents of actor Patrick Duffy changed his plea to guilty to charges of deliberate homicide, robbery and assault. Sean Wentz, 19, of Helena, Mont., entered his plea in Virginia City, Mont., before District Judge Frank Davis, who scheduled a pre-sentence investigation but did not set a sentencing date. Wentz was charged along with 19-year-old Kenneth Miller with murdering Terrence and Marie Duffy during a holdup last Nov. 18 at their bar in Boulder.
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