- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for shooting another man to death during an argument in April.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1Y1gVyV ) that 33-year-old Joseph Richard Polak II was convicted of deliberate homicide in November and was sentenced on Tuesday in the death of 29-year-old Scott Marshall Hofferber.

According to court records, Polak and Hofferber had planned to fight each other, but as Hofferber handed Polak a nail puller, Polak pulled out a gun and shot Hofferber in the chest.

Polak’s attorneys argued their client was acting in self-defense.

He was also convicted of tampering with evidence and criminal endangerment for Polak disposed of the handgun and resisting officers during his arrest.


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

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide