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Daniels sentenced to 120 years after Wolf Creek shootout

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Kaleb Daniels was sentenced on Wednesday to 120 years in prison for his role in a shootout last year in the Wolf Creek area.

Daniels was convicted in July after a two-day trial for attempted deliberate homicide, aggravated burglary, and tampering with evidence.

According to court documents, Daniels and Jory Strizich were involved in a confrontation with a cabin owner in the Wolf Creek area on December 28.

Daniels and Strizich had allegedly broken into the cabin when the owner and his wife arrived.

In the confrontation that followed, Daniels and the cabin owner exchanged gunshots before Daniels fled the area on foot.

He was arrested later that day after trying to break into another Wolf Creek home.

In district court on Wednesday, Lewis and Clark County Attorney Leo Gallagher said Daniels is a “lethal individual” who was under the influence of meth and alcohol on the day of the shooting. 

Defense Attorney Steven Scott told Judge Mike McMahon that his client is a young man with a poor record and a poor upbringing by two drug-affected parents.

Daniels apologized to the court for his actions and asked for a second chance.

“The court is concerned for the public safety if you are put back on the street,” Judge McMahon told Daniels. “Justice doesn't allow the court to put a person like you on the street.”

McMahon sentenced Daniels to 60 years in prison for attempted deliberate homicide, 40 years for aggravated burglary, and 20 years for tampering with evidence.

No time was suspended from the sentence and Daniels could be eligible for parole in 30 years.

He has prior convictions in Cascade County for possession of dangerous drugs and theft.

Jory Strizich is set to go on trial in this case in October.


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