Crime & Courts

Apr 4, 2014 11:29 AM by Dennis Carlson

Helena boat-repair shop owner sentenced

HELENA -- Shawn Corbett, the Helena boat-repair shop owner accused of stealing from his clients, was sentenced on Thursday to the Montana Department of Corrections.

Corbett, facing seven felonies, cut a plea deal with prosecutors and plead guilty to a single felony charge of deceptive practices in Judge Kathy Seeley's court.

Corbett is accused of taking cash from his Maximum Marine customers for boat repairs and failing - in some cases for years - to perform the work he said he'd do.

Four of Corbett's former customers spoke to the court, calling Corbett a thief and a con-man.

One witness said Corbett needs to wear an orange prison jump-suit.

Telling Corbett that he's done damage to many people, Judge Seeley gave Corbett a 10-year sentence with the Department of Corrections, with all but one year suspended.

He was also ordered to pay $33,000 in restitution and required to perform 500 hours community service.

Corbett was taken into custody following the hearing.

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