Charges against second weed department employee dismissed

By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, September 12, 2019
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Robert Love

The case against the second former Stillwater County weed department employee involved in a complex theft and official misconduct case has been dismissed.

In court documents dated Sept. 4, one felony count of theft by common scheme by accountability and one misdemeanor count of official misconduct against Robert Charles Love were dismissed by Stillwater County Attorney Nancy Rohde.

Rohde listed the reason for the dismissal as being “in the interest of justice” and did not elaborate on that.

Love, 54, had been accused of taking part in a theft case involving county equipment, products and manpower that were used on a private ranch in Carbon County between July 2015 through May 14, 2016. Also charged in the case was his supervisor, William Patterson. The Montana Department of Justice handled the investigation, due to what became a complex matter.

All together, the equipment, chemicals, cash and usage of county property totaled $5,135, according to court documents.

The time span of the alleged activity was July 2015 through May 14, 2016. Love was appointed as the temporary weed coordinator by the Still-water County Commissioners when DCI initially took over the case.

Patterson was fired and in a plea agreement, admitted to the misdemeanor count of official misconduct by using county resources on private jobs in Carbon County for personal gain. In February 2019, the felony charge was dropped and Patterson received a deferred sentence for the misdemeanor, meaning it could be cleared from his record.

Love is a convicted felon out of Yellowstone County, having been convicted of defrauding a friend and a family member out of more than $20,000. He used his daughter’s credit cards to charge approximately $13,000. Love also took approximately $8,800 from the bank account of an acquaintance during the man’s three-month stay in a hospital. Love received a six-year deferred sentence for those crimes and is currently on probation.

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