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Top Court Stories of 2013

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Across the Treasure State, many events have taken place in the courtroom that some may have expected, and some that drew outrage.  We recapped some of those events with the top five court events in Montana of 2013.

Number 5, Stacey Ram bold and Judge G. Todd Baugh: A trial making national headlines when Rambold, a former teacher at Billings Senior High School was found guilty of sexual intercourse without consent.  Rambold was sentenced by Judge Baugh to fifteen years in prison, but with all but thirty-one of those days suspended.  Outrage continued and many have called for Baugh to be disbarred and that Rambold be resentenced.  The sentence itself has been deemed illegal by the Montana Dept. of Justice.  No word on the future of a resentence.

Number 4, Jordan Johnson.  University of Montana Quarterback Jordan Johnson was charged in July of 2012 with sexual intercourse without consent.  Johnson was suspended by the university and from the football team until the matter was resolved, but on March 1st, Johnson received some good news.  The verdict of him being found not guilty.

Johnson was reinstated by the university shortly after the verdict, and started all thirteen games for the Griz in 2013.  Johnson garnered Big Sky Player of the Week honors once as well.

Number 3, Laurence Alan Stewart II: On November 1, 2012, Stewart led authorities on a speed chase and pursued to hurl pipe bombs at pursuing officers.  Stewart was charged with seven counts of attempted deliberate homicide against law enforcement officers.

On May 6th, Stewart was found guilty on all seven counts.  He is currently serving a life sentence.

Number 2, Kaleb Kuebler: On September 5th Kuebler plead guilty to sexual intercourse without consent against an eleven year old girl, but the sentencing almost didn't take place when Kuebler jumped from the rotunda on the 3rd floor of the Cascade County Courthouse.

Kuebler would survive the fall and in December of 2013, Kuebler was sentenced to seventy-five years in prison.

Number 1, Barry Beach:  Beach was released from prison in December 2011 when a judge ordered for a new trial citing evidence that could prove his innocence in the 1979 murder of Kim Nees, but in May, the decision was overturned and Beach was sent back to prison.

Beach recalled losing most of his adult years to his time behind bars, and while he has many supporters for his freedom, he wonders if he will now ever get out.  Beach is still in Montana State Prison.  There is also no word on when his new trial will take place.

Also some mentions to how busy of a year it was, big cases that took place as well were the Jordan Graham-Cody Johnson case at Glacier National Park when Johnson fell to his death just eight days after being married, and State Senator from Browning Shannon Augare's federal court case from a May 2013 traffic stop in Glacier County.

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