A man accused of calling his ex-girlfriend 42 times in a month, and attempting to persuade her to lie during witness testimony, saw his bond set at $20,000 Tuesday in Missoula County Justice Court.
Travis Dishman faces a felony charge of tampering with witnesses and informants, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Dishman, 32, was already sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections after he allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend while on probation in Lake County.
That man told police he took a call from Dishman on March 8, in which Dishman threatened to slit his throat if he didn’t leave Dishman’s girlfriend alone, according to the affidavit. Dishman then allegedly went to the Southgate Mall, where the man works, and made the same threats, this time flashing a knife.
After Dishman was taken into custody for violating the terms of his probation, he made 42 phone calls to his girlfriend from Lake County Jail between March and April, according to the affidavit. In many of the calls, which were recorded, Dishman allegedly asked his girlfriend to lie about what happened at Southgate Mall.
Alongside the tampering charge, Dishman also was charged with assault with a weapon, a felony, and he faces a misdemeanor privacy in communications charge in Missoula County. His probation in Lake County was revoked on May 18 and he was committed to the DOC.
Although Public Defender Chris Daly said Tuesday that Dishman’s DOC incarceration made the bond irrelevant, Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway set it at $20,000 in case Dishman is released early. She said it's imperative that Dishman remain in custody.
Dishman is prohibited from contacting any witnesses or victims in any way.