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POLSON — A Polson man is accused of pointing a handgun at a group of people. He was sentenced in Polson District Court on May 24 to the Montana State Prison for 10 years with all but time served suspended. Nathan Caye, 21, entered a plea of guilty to a single count of felony assault with a weapon. The plea was entered as part of an agreement reached earlier that dismisses two counts of the same.

According to court records, on Nov. 26, 2022, Polson Police were dispatched to a report of a fight at the VFW tavern on Polson’s Main Street. Upon arrival, police observed multiple people engaged in an altercation on the sidewalk in front of the VFW. As police approached the scene, several people indicated that someone had a firearm. Police observed a male attempting to leave the scene. He was ordered to stop and speak with them. The man, instead, grabbed an object from his waistband and discarded it into a nearby garden planter. Police quickly moved in and detained the man. Police found the firearm in the garden planter. Surveillance at the tavern shows Caye as the one with the gun. At one point the video shows Caye point the firearm at one male, then a second male, and finally at a crowd of people.

Judge Molly Owen gave Caye credit for having already served 13 days in the Lake County Jail and ordered Caye to forfeit a Smith & Wesson handgun and its ammunition.

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