8-time convicted felon from Helena draws in-custody sentence

Criminal history includes rape of 13-year-old, high-speed meth-fueled chase in Gallatin County
By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, October 3, 2019
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Maurice Myers

An 8-time felon has added yet another conviction to his record at the expense of a Stillwater County victim.

Maurice Myers, 34, appeared in 22nd Judicial District Court last week and pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft for stealing 2001 Chrysler Concorde from the Columbus area in April 2018.

Myers was immediately sentenced and received a 3-year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections (DOC), with the recommendation he be screened for a treatment program.

Myers told Judge Matt Wald that when he was released from prison in 2017, he began drinking and went into some type of “psychosis and did things.” Myers said he had nearly died on a mountain top during a police chase in Gallatin County (see below).

At the request of Deputy Stillwater County Attorney Tom English, Wald ordered the sentence to run concurrently to one imposed in Gallatin County in August.

The Gallatin County sentence amounted to a 10-year commitment to DOC with six years suspended and a recommendation that Myers be sent to some kind of treatment facility, according to a Gallatin County sentencing order. The Gallatin County case involved convictions for two felony counts of criminal endangerment and two felony counts of theft.

Wald said the Stillwater County sentence reflects that Myers took responsibility for his crime, while providing community safety and rehabilitation.

GALLATIN COUNTY CASE

In the Gallatin County, Myers led law enforcement on a chase in a stolen car that reached speeds of 120 mph through construction zones. Police broke off the pursuit when Myers entered Gallatin Canyon, according to court documents cited in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Law enforcement picked up the pursuit in Big Sky, traveling up to the Big Sky Resort. Law enforcement blocked the road to prevent Myers from getting back onto Highway 191. He was pursued until he rammed a Montana Highway Patrol trooper’s vehicle, at which point he was arrested. The trooper suffered minor back injuries. A methamphetamine pipe fell out of Myers’s pocket when he was arrested, according to court documents.

Myers criminal history in Montana includes convictions for sexual intercourse without consent in 2015 in Cascade County, theft and failure to register as a sexual or violent offender in Lewis and Clark County in 2019. He is classified as a Level 2 sex offender, which means he is at moderate risk to reoffend. According to the SVOR, Myers’ victim was a 13-year-old girl.

STILLWATER COUNTY CASE

On April 17, 2018, Columbus Police Officer Michael Zachary saw a silver 4-door car parked in front of a Columbus business at 11:30 p.m., when the business was already closed, according to court documents.

When the officer drove past the car, the driver “sped off at a high rate of speed and with a broken tail light,” according to court documents. Approximately an hour later, Officer Zachary received an anonymous report of a man in a broken down silver car at the Columbus Town Pump.

The reporting party stated that the man in the car appeared agitated after refusing to give him a ride, according to court documents. They found the car and determined it was the same silver car from the earlier incident and that it had been reported stolen from Billings.

Stillwater County Sheriff’s Deputies Clay Waltner and Cole Waltner responded to help search for Myers, but were unable to locate him. At 6:45 a.m. on April 18, 2018, police were called back to the Town Pump when Myers returned.

After placing Myers in handcuffs and reading him his Miranda warning, Myers allegedly admitted to driving the 2001 Chrysler Concorde in question that had been reported as stolen, according to court documents.

Myers said he had picked up the car from “a guy named Jeff” who was letting him take the car to Helena. Once in Helena, Myers said he was supposed to call “Jeff” to have the car picked up, according to court documents.

However, Myers did not have any contact information for “Jeff” or for the owner of the car. Myers also admitted that he had hidden in a Honda Accord and a Chrysler Town and Country in an attempt to evade officers.

 

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