- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 73-year-old Ballantine man has denied charges that he shot his son to death during an argument about his son’s drinking.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://goo.gl/1dFJ1p ) James Douglas Sindelar pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide in the July 20 death of his son, 40-year-old Wesley Sindelar. James Sindelar’s bail was kept at $250,000. He remained jailed Thursday afternoon.

Court records said Sindelar, who was living in a tent on his son’s property, confronted his son about his drinking. Wesley Sindelar’s wife told investigators that Wesley told his father to leave and that his father pulled a gun and pointed it 3 inches from his son’s face.

Prosecutors say Wesley Sindelar tried to grab the gun and it went off, with the bullet striking him in the head.

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


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