- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A state judge says an Evaro man who was shot after driving his vehicle toward a Missoula County sheriff’s deputy got a “screaming deal” in a plea agreement that did not call for him to serve prison time.

District Judge Dusty Deschamps on Tuesday sentenced Eugene Statelen to eight years with the Department of Corrections with five suspended. Deschamps recommended Statelen be placed in an intensive supervision program.

Prosecutors alleged Statelen assaulted his wife on Dec. 31, 2014 and drove his vehicle toward a responding deputy. The deputy shot into Statelen’s car, hitting him in the head and shoulder.

In May, Statelen pleaded no contest to assault on a peace officer, felony criminal endangerment and partner or family member assault. The Missoulian reports (https://bit.ly/2e21ngZ ) Statelen’s was the first criminal case in which the county attorney’s office used mediation to reach a plea agreement.

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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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