Man enters Alford plea in Island Park shooting
The man accused of shooting his friend in the leg before leading Fremont County authorities on a four-day Island Park manhunt, entered a plea in 7th District Court in St. Anthony on Tuesday.
Jerrod Hillman, 34, of Madison County, avoided a potential life sentence by entering an Alford plea before Judge Greg Moeller.
Hillman's plea meant he admitted guilt to shooting his friend Monte Sommer in the leg with a 12-gauge shotgun on August 20.
Hillman originally faced three felony charges and one misdemeanor including battery with a deadly weapon and eluding a police officer.
He also faced a "persistent violator" enhancement that could have resulted in life imprisonment.
Hillman pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery and a deadly weapon enhancement. The Alford plea deal means Hillman does not admit to a willful assault, but acknowledges there's enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty.
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