Billings man pleads guilty to deliberate homicide in October shooting death


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BILLINGS, Montana — A 36-year-old Billings man has pleaded guilty to shooting another man to death during a confrontation over a pit bull puppy and a gun the defendant believed the victim had stolen.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1nbJgBZ ) Mahpevana-Hane (mah-puh-VON'-uh-Hayne) "Lorne" Bearcomesout pleaded guilty Monday to deliberate homicide for the Oct. 20 shooting of 32-year-old Misael (mee-sah-EL') Santiago.

Bearcomesout told investigators he went to Santiago's residence to confront him about the missing items. Witnesses say Santiago went outside to talk with the Bearcomesout.

Bearcomesout told officers he shot Santiago because he thought he was reaching for a weapon, but he acknowledged he did not see any weapons.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh ordered Bearcomesout to remain jailed on $500,000 bond until he is sentenced in early October.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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