Missoula Police Department Detective Lt. Sandy Kosena had previously been accused of groping Missoula Police Department Officer Chris Shermer late last year. However, an additional former police officer Donald Strine has provided an affidavit for Shermer’s civil suit saying Detective Kosena had groped him by grabbing his butt several times as well as slapped it in the past as well. Shermer is seeking damages for “battery” from Kosena and the City of Missoula for these actions.
Missoula based medical marijuana business owner Jason Washington was sentenced to two years of prison followed by years of probation in Federal court. Washington was convicted following a jury trial on Federal drug charges despite the state of Montana legalizing the activity for medical purposes. Federal prosecutors sought five years imprisonment, and Washington’s attorneys sought just a probationary sentence. Federal judge Christensen recognized that this sentence is likely to be appealed by the U.S. attorneys office as being too lenient as they will seek to have the sentence of imprisonment lengthened.