Calling it a “test” that would give him the “opportunity to demonstrate that you can follow the rules,” Missoula County District Court Judge Leslie Halligan gave a fully suspended sentence to Shilo Anthony Moncy, convicted of repeatedly stalking his ex-wife and being found with methamphetamine.
The five-year Department of Corrections sentence handed down Wednesday comes from a plea agreement that wraps up two cases charged against Moncy earlier this year.
Moncy was initially charged in April with stalking and two violations of an order of protection his ex-wife has against him. She reported that starting in late February, Moncy repeatedly drove laps around her apartment building, which under the terms of the protection order he's not allowed to approach. At one point, he yelled “Do you see what you’ve done?” at her, according to a court affidavit.
Throughout March and April, Moncy repeatedly texted the woman, left a voicemail and continued to drive by her home. The woman told investigators she would push a bookcase in front of her door because of her fear of Moncy, and eventually went to stay at a hotel to stay away from him, court records said.
In May, prosecutors filed to revoke his release when he stopped reporting to his pretrial supervision officer. When he was arrested on a subsequent warrant after being found at KT’s Hayloft Saloon in Lolo, a deputy found two baggies containing a total of 10 grams of meth in his pocket, and Moncy picked up a new felony drug charge.
Prosecutors filed to revoke his release again, twice, in June after he repeatedly tested positive for alcohol and meth use, and was not keeping his court-ordered GPS monitor charged.
In July, while a warrant was active for his arrest, Moncy cut off the GPS monitor and absconded until he was caught later in the summer.
Moncy signed a plea agreement with prosecutors in October and, to resolve both cases, pleaded guilty to three counts of violating an order of protection — one of which is a felony — and a felony for drug possession.
Deputy County Attorney Selene Koepke noted in court Wednesday that Moncy has had several new violations of his pretrial release conditions in the past week, but that even so, prosecutors decided to continue to abide by their side of the plea agreement.
Judge Halligan told Moncy that his various release violations, including cutting of the monitor, were the “type of behavior that will land you in prison,” if he does it again.