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Walters Receives Suspended Sentences For Charges

Jared Jeffery Walters received suspended sentences for two felonies during a hearing at district court June 25.

As part of a joint plea agreement, Judge David J. Cybulski sentenced Waters to five years, all suspended, for the felony charge of strangulation of a partner or family member. The incident occurred on Jan. 13. Walters was also fined $1,000.

In addition, he was sentenced for five years, all suspended, for tampering with witnesses and informants. He was fined $1,000 for the count.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

A rarity with the sentence is that Walters will have his probation agreement through the Montana State Prison instead of the Montana Department of Corrections.

Cybulski explained that, if Walters violates his probation conditions, he will be sent to the Montana State Prison. The judge noted the Department of Corrections has more options and programs available for offenders rather than strictly jail time.

“If you break probation, it’s a big whack,” Cybulski told Walters during the hearing.

Walters apologized for his action when reading from a written note at the hearing. He said he takes accountability and described his actions as unforgivable.

He added that he let his partner, children and parents down.

“This is a chance to get better, and I’m sorry,” he said.

According to court documents, the Roosevelt County Sheriffs Office received a report of a domestic assault in Bainville on Jan. 13.

The victim said she was at her apartment with friends when Walters entered and began arguing with her. After the friends left, he began assaulting her including grabbing her by the back of her neck and throwing her onto the bed.

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