A convicted felon arrested in January with a stolen all-terrain vehicle, drugs and guns in his truck has been sentenced to prison as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
James Allen Garrison, 43, was arrested Jan. 28 on North Russell Street after the owner of the ATV, which was reported missing in November, saw the vehicle in the back of Garrison’s truck.
Around 5.5 grams of methamphetamine, a baggie of hallucinogenic mushrooms, four handguns and a machete were also located in his vehicle, according to a court affidavit. Garrison later admitted to police he had stolen the ATV and was selling the drugs.
As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Garrison pleaded guilty to felony drug possession with intent to distribute, drug possession, theft, possessing money from the drug sales, and a misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Tuesday, District Court Judge Robert “Dusty” Deschamps chose to abide by the terms of the plea agreement and sentenced Garrison to 23 years in the Montana State Prison with 15 years suspended on the charges, with credit for 159 days already served in custody.
Garrison had a prior felony theft conviction from 2006 for which he had received a fully-suspended 10-year sentence. Deschamps imposed a five-year prison commitment against Garrison for violating the terms of his suspended sentence, but ran that time concurrent to the sentence in his 2016 case.