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An 18-year-old accused of shooting a convenience store employee in the shoulder and a customer in the head is set to go to trial in January. 

Chase Munson faces two counts of attempted deliberate homicide in connection with an armed robbery of a South Avenue convenience store in March. Both victims survived. Munson was nearing a plea agreement with prosecutors, according to a motion filed last month to delay trial to allow time for a resolution.

That plea agreement would have affected another case against Munson, in which he is charged with twice driving a stolen vehicle into a medical marijuana shop to steal from the business, as well as driving a stolen minivan into Mellow Mood, a local pipe shop.

But Munson's public defender said Tuesday morning that resolution has not been reached in the convenience store case, and asked Judge Karen Townsend to schedule a new trial date, which had been set for Wednesday. 

Townsend set the trial for Jan. 30. 

Ivory Brien, charged as a co-conspirator in the convenience store robbery, was given a deferred sentence on Monday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to robbery and two counts of misdemeanor assault. Missoula County prosecutor Mac Bloom told the Missoulian Monday that Brien's plea agreement does not require him to testify against Munson if the attempted homicide defendant were to go to trial.

In a deferred sentence, the charge against Brien would be dismissed if he completes the term without violating any laws or conditions of his sentence.


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