During a Tuesday sentencing hearing for Bradley Calfrobe, Missoula County District Court Judge Robert “Dusty” Deschamps told the defendant that if he didn’t turn his life around and stop drinking, he was going to end up dead.
“I don’t want to read your name in the obituaries,” Deschamps said.
In September 2016, Calfrobe was charged with felony robbery after he tried to steal a bottle of alcohol from Grizzly Liquor and bit the arm of an employee who tried to stop him.
Calfrobe’s case was on hold for months after he absconded when he was let out on pretrial supervision and stopped reporting to his officer or telling her where he was living. He was rearrested in June, and in July pleaded guilty to felony robbery and a misdemeanor drug possession for having marijuana on him during his initial arrest.
He broke the rules of supervision again over the summer — when he was let back out after pleading guilty — by drinking, using drugs and leaving the county without permission, but was arrested again in September.
“Here’s the deal, Mr. Calfrobe, you haven’t done much with your life. Your biggest objective seems to be figuring out where you can get your next drink,” Deschamps said Tuesday, adding that alcoholism is a serious disease.
Despite the new release violations, Deschamps chose to follow the plea agreement Calfrobe entered into in July, and sentenced him to two years with the Department of Corrections, all of which was suspended.
The judge told Calfrobe, 28, that he hopes he uses the time of his suspended sentence to find a job and work on substance abuse issues.
“I just hate to see you waste your life, I really do.”