A 39-year-old Missoula man who cut off his GPS tracker and ran away last summer while out on probation from a 1996 attempted homicide conviction has been sentenced to 25 years in the Montana State Prison.
Working with local law enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service caught up with Chad Earl Williams — who had a $1 million warrant out for his arrest — in Arizona last month.
In August, Williams, who had been in and out of the Missoula jail throughout the year for a series of probation violations, cut off his GPS monitor while out on bail awaiting sentencing on those violations.
On Thursday, after Williams was brought back to Montana, District Court Judge Robert “Dusty” Deschamps imposed a new 25-year prison sentence on Williams for absconding, in addition to weapons possession, methamphetamine use and other release violations he had collected throughout 2016.
Williams originally had been convicted of attempted deliberate homicide in 1996 after shooting a Missoula man in the head while trying to rob him. In June, while out on probation, Williams was involved in a seven-hour standoff in Bozeman because there was a warrant out for his arrest. Williams was brought back to town after surrendering, but posted a new bail in July.
Days before he was set to be sentenced for drug use and weapon possession — both violations of his probation — Williams fled.
Per Deschamps' order, Williams also must pay just over $1,500 for the cost of extraditing him back to Montana from Arizona.