- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A judge has denied a Marion man’s motion to withdraw his Alford plea in a January 2014 shooting death.

Mark Ames entered his plea in September for the death of Harold Gordon, a man with whom he had an ongoing feud. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction.

Ames filed a motion in February seeking to dismiss his attorneys and withdraw his plea, arguing one of his public defenders pressured him into taking the plea agreement.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/1I2Te4g ) District Judge Heidi Ulbricht ruled against Ames on April 24. She said Ames acknowledged firing a gun into Gordon’s home, prompting Gordon to come outside with a shotgun. Ames acknowledged shooting Gordon with a pistol.

Ames is scheduled to be sentenced on May 11.

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