Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - The Missoula County Attorney’s Office charged 16 new criminal complaints this week, which is three less than last week and higher than the weekly average. Chief Deputy County Attorney Matt Jennings provided a report. 

“Three of those were violent crimes and four were endangerment crimes, which usually involve something like driving in a really unsafe way that threatens people’s lives,” Jennings said. “We had five drug crimes and four administrative crimes. I wanted to highlight that administrative section really quick because we are seeing an interesting uptick in the number of fugitives that we are getting in Missoula from out of state.” 

Jennings said our Missoula law enforcement is finding people that are in a lot of trouble in different jurisdictions.  

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“It is an interesting phenomenon because as Americans travel more and we are more mobile, we are also seeing that with our criminals,” Jennings said. “We want to make sure that our community isn’t being used as a safe haven. On the downside, it expends a lot of our resources to get custody of these folks and ship them back to their home state. This week we charged four different fugitives, which mostly constituted some pretty serious offenses. We are always happy to cooperate and participate in apprehending these folks, and getting them back to where they belong for justice to be served.” 

According to Jennings, a lot of the violent cases this week involved domestic violence or people that know each other. 

“That is such a plague on our community when folks are in unsafe relationships and acting in an abusive manner,” Jennings said. “We are not only trying to hold those folks accountable, but we are looking at ways we can prevent that. We want to encourage better and healthier relationships, and for folks to deal with their troubles or disputes in a way that doesn’t involve violence. That is an ongoing community concern that we have.” 

Jennings also mentioned the conviction and sentencing of Todd Devney this week. Devney was attempting to kill people with a machete and he was sentenced to 30 years in prison with 10 of those years suspended. You can hear more about that case by listening to Jennings’ full report below.

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