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Stephen Antil

Stephen Antil

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A 56-year-old man accused of shooting at a patron who followed him out of the Missoula casino he'd allegedly just robbed on Friday has been charged with attempted deliberate homicide.

Stephen Antill made his first court appearance Monday in Missoula County Justice Court. He is also charged with felonies for robbery and criminal endangerment.

According to charging documents, Antill entered the Nickel Ante Casino near the intersection of Russell and Sherwood streets while wearing a black ski mask around 8:30 p.m. Friday. He allegedly went to the register, pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money, an exchange caught on video surveillance.

When the casino employee handed over the money, Antill left the building and ran onto Sherwood. When a customer at the casino started to follow him, Antill allegedly turned around and shot at the man, according to court records. All the rounds missed the man, with three hitting the wall of the casino and a fourth breaking a window.

Antill was arrested a block away on Birch Street, and according to court records, admitted to firing the gun.

In court Monday, deputy county attorney Mark Handelman asked for a $250,000 bail, saying Antill had already purchased tickets to Alaska and was planning to leave town. Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway imposed the requested bail amount.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.