Pant-leg shooter gets deferred sentence

Pant-leg shooter gets deferred sentence

The man who fired a gun where the bullet almost struck another man’s leg received a sentence Thursday without prison time.

Christopher Nelson, 26, of Butte, was given a three-year deferred sentence for his guilty plea to felony criminal endangerment. District Judge Kurt Krueger also ordered the man to serve 20 days in Butte jail and to complete 40 hours of community service.

Under the deferred sentence, Nelson can avoid prison if he stays out of legal trouble for the next three years.

Nelson fired a .45-caliber handgun during an early morning disturbance in the 100 block of North Main

Street in May in Uptown Butte. The bullet went through the pant leg of Michael Palmer, who was standing outside a bar, according to charging documents. Palmer wasn’t injured.

Nelson was involved in a disturbance with several people that night, and pulled the handgun from his vehicle. Police don’t know if Nelson intentionally tried to shoot Palmer.

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