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KALISPELL - A Hungry Horse man has pleaded no contest to two felony charges of assault with a weapon in a shooting that injured a woman during an argument over money.

Jeremiah Rupert, 20, entered his plea Thursday in District Court. He told the court he felt remorse for shooting Lisa Wetherelt in the neck and upper arm on Sept. 19, 2009 while attempting to shoot Adam Chapman after Chapman refused to give him $100.

Court records say Rupert and Chapman argued after Rupert demanded the money and threatened to shoot him as the two sat in their trucks. Seeing the gun, Chapman ducked, put the car in gear and attempted to flee. Wetherelt, his passenger, was hit.

Rupert's attorney says the "no contest" plea can't be used against Rupert in a civil lawsuit as an admission of fault.

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Also on Thursday, Rupert pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of negligent endangerment and criminal possession of dangerous drugs stemming from a separate incident during which he and two other men launched artillery-shell fireworks at a squad car during the 2009 Fourth of July celebration in Hungry Horse.

Sentencing in both cases is set for July 22.

 

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