A Stevensville man set for trial on an aggravated kidnapping charge Monday morning instead pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.
Kerry R. Miessner pleaded guilty Friday evening to felony kidnapping, two counts of partner assault and drunken driving per se.
Miessner pleaded guilty to kidnapping his then-girlfriend, Jolene Stiefel, by holding her in her Stevensville home last November. He also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor partner assault charges involving Stiefel, one from the night of the kidnapping and another from four nights later, when he was arrested for drunken driving.
At the time, his blood-alcohol level was 0.15, which at the time was 0.5 over the state limit for driving a vehicle. Miessner's plea to the kidnapping charge is open, which means there is no sentencing recommendation agreement between the prosecution and the defendant.
Meissner faces a maximum of 10 years on the kidnapping charge, and he's facing even more time because he's a persistent felony offender. He could have gotten up to 100 years more prison time for that designation, but Deputy Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright has agreed to recommend no more than five years. That time would be served consecutive to the kidnapping sentence.
A sentencing date before District Judge Jeffrey Langton has not yet been scheduled, according to the county attorney's office.
Miessner was recently sentenced to three years in prison for violating terms of a previous felony sentence for growing marijuana. Alcohol allegations stemming from the time of the November assaults led to the revocation of Miessner's previous sentence, Fulbright said.
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