This just in from the Missoulian State Bureau’s Mike Dennison:
Montana native and Las Vegas police officer Leroy Kirkegard was named Tuesday as the new warden at Montana State Prison, becoming the first new warden at the prison in 16 years.
KKirkegard, 52, will succeed former Warden Mike Mahoney, who retired in August [...]
Mike Mahoney is an institution within an institution. He’s worked within the state corrections system for nearly three decades and has been the warden of the Montana State Prison at Deer Lodge for the past 16 years. But that’s all about to change:
Montana State Prison Warden Mike Mahoney is retiring in August [...]
“He will never work as a police officer again. He’ll never have the public trust again. He’s gone from putting people in jail to sitting in jail himself. He’s lost his career forever.”
Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman on disgraced Ravalli County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeffrey Fowler (in Perry Backus photo at right), sentenced [...]
The execution date for Ronald Allen Smith has yet to be set – that’s supposed to happen Wednesday – but Helena District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock has already stayed it.
Sherlock granted an injunction mid-afternoon today effectively stopping the execution of Smith, who shot cousins Harvey Mad Man and Thomas Running Rabbit near [...]