Kaleb E. Daniels

HELENA – A Great Falls suspect received a 120-year prison sentence for his part in a shootout late last year in the Wolf Creek area.

Kaleb Daniels was convicted in July after a two day trial for attempted deliberate homicide, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence.

Daniels and Jory Strizich were allegedly involved in a confrontation with a cabin owner in the Wolf Creek area on Dec. 28. Daniels and Strizich had allegedly broken into the cabin when the owner and his wife arrived at the scene.

In the confrontation that followed, Daniels and the cabin owner exchanged gunshots before Daniels fled the area on foot. He was arrested later that day after trying to break into another Wolf Creek home.

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In district court Wednesday, Lewis and Clark County Attorney Leo Gallagher said Daniels is a “lethal individual” who was under the influence of meth and alcohol on the day of the shooting.

Kaleb E. Daniels

 

Defense Attorney Steven Scott told Judge Mike McMahon that his client is a young man with a poor record and a poor upbringing by two drug affected parents.

Daniels apologized to the court for his actions and asked for a second chance.

“The court is concerned for the public safety if you are put back on the street,” Judge McMahon told Daniels. “Justice doesn’t allow the court to put a person like you on the street.”

McMahon sentenced Daniels to 60 years in prison for attempted deliberate homicide, 40 years for aggravated burglary and 20 years for tampering with evidence.

Jory Strizich

No time was suspended from the sentence. Daniels could be eligible for parole in 30-years.

He has prior convictions in Cascade County for possession of dangerous drugs and theft.

Jory Strizich is set to go on trial in this case in October.

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