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Creative Sentencing Out Of Montana.

We hate people that claim military service or make enhanced claims of military service. While not charged with the crime of “Stolen Valor” at the state or Federal level, these clowns got what they deserved.

Two sentenced after lying to judge about military service

Cascade County District Judge Greg Pinski came down hard Friday on two men who falsely claimed to the court that they’d served in the military.

Ryan Patrick Morris, 28, and Troy Allan Nelson, 33, were both before Pinski for violating the terms of their deferred or suspended sentences in two separate, unrelated cases.

Morris was originally charged in April 2017 for a burglary case, where court documents state he stole about $1,500 worth of items from his landlord’s garage.

Pinski already had slapped Morris with a contempt of court charge and community service when his lies about military service were first discovered back in 2016. Morris claimed Friday he completed only 10 of the 400-plus hours he was assigned because he couldn’t do that much community service and hold down a job.

Morris claimed in court that he’d done seven combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, suffered from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and had a hip replacement after being injured by an improvised explosive device, or IED.

Nelson was accused in January 2018 of forgery and elder abuse for spending money from his 86-year-old neighbor’s account and days later had six more charges added when it was discovered he used shared access to steal more than $14,000 of the woman’s money and burglarized her home, per the affidavit.

Both men were before the judge for committing numerous violations of their release conditions.

Nelson reportedly tested positive for drugs, failed to provide urinalysis, didn’t show up for court, quit his job and cut off his GPS monitor and lost it.

It was Morris’ third time before the court for violations, and he reportedly failed to check in with his probation officer and was eventually arrested in Georgia in May 2019.

During Friday’s hearing, Pinski focused on the two men’s lies about their military service, pointing out that Nelson had even managed to get himself enrolled in Veterans Treatment Court before the deception was uncovered.

Here’s the “good” part:

Two men from Montana have been sentenced to prison for violating the terms of their probation. However, neither will be eligible for parole until they fulfill the unique set of conditions set forth by a judge after they falsely claimed to have served in the military.

One of the requirements involves handwriting the names of 6,756 Americans who were killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Troy Allan Nelson, 33, and Ryan Patrick Morris, 28, were charged in separate crimes Friday by Judge Greg Pinski in Cascade County District Court in Great Falls, Montana.

According to court documents, Morris was on probation for felony burglary after he stole items valued at less than $1,500 from his landlord’s garage. Morris was given 10 years in prison for violating the terms of his probation. He also falsely claimed to have served in the military.

Nelson, meanwhile, received five years for criminal possession of dangerous drugs, which is a felony. He was enrolled in Veterans Treatment Court before his deception was eventually discovered.

Both Nelson and Morris will be eligible for parole after they meet the conditions set forth by Pinski.

In addition to handwriting the names of the Americans that were killed, they must write the obituaries of the 40 Montanans who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The two must also send handwritten letters of apology to a number of veterans groups: the American Legion, AmVets, Disabled American Veterans, the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Finally, they must complete 441 hours of community service, which equates to one hour of service for each Montanan killed in combat going back to the Korean War.

And….

Additionally, while on probation, they must wear placards on Memorial Day and Veterans Day outside the Montana Veterans Memorial with a sign that reads: “I am a liar. I am not a veteran. I stole valor. I have dishonored all veterans,” the AP reported.

One veteran on a blog we visited wrote that the judge should make sure the placards being worn on Memorial Day and Veterans Day need to be legible from a certain distance and not small and or not legible.

We agree.

Still, the sentence is a creative solution to a problem.

We like it.



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