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New Charges filed against Michael Echeverria

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Micheal Echeverria who has several charges against him including one count of aggravated kidnapping and assault from last September, appeared in a Cascade County courtroom Wednesday with a new charge of Sexual Intercourse Without Consent stemming from the same incident.

According to the State Prosecutor Amanda Lofink, they waited to file the charge until all the evidence had been processed including DNA tests. 
Wednesday the defendant plead not guilty to the new charge of sexual intercourse without consent. 

Should he be found guilty he faces a max penalty of life in prison, a fine of $50,000, or both.
 Lofink tells us there had been a plea deal on the table. 
 Had the accused agreed to plead guilty to one count of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and one count of tampering with evidence.

He faced 50 years in prison with 30 suspended
He turned that down, but another one could be offered. His request to move the trial was denied, but the defense was given more time to prepare. His trial is set for September 17. 


Update: Echeverria appeared in Cascade County court Wednesday to hear his trial date, which is set for June 4th. If you don't remember Michael Echeverria is being charged with Aggravated Assault, Assault With a Weapon, Partner or Family Member Assault, Robbery, Theft. Last summer a woman accused him brutally beating her, leaving her covered in blood on the bathroom floor of a hotel room. Meanwhile, Robert Fuentes, a friend of Michael Echeverria, was arrested at Echeverria's bail hearing for Tampering With Witnesses, asked the state to reduce from $70,000 to $10,000.

According to the police report, the victim in Echeverria's case was contacted on December 7th by a third party who told her Robert Fuentes wanted to speak with her. The victim was concerned about calling Fuentes on her own so she went to the police station and called him in the presence of a detective.

Charging documents say during the conversation, Fuentes asked the victim what they "could do to change that" referring to the order of protection the victim has against Echeverria. Fuentes continued by saying when her (the victim's) deception was exposed at trial she would be charged with a felony and no one wants that. He told the victim she was angry and wasn't thinking right. 

Additionally, charging documents state Fuentes told the victim that "his family and I want this to be over" and "the family is willing to do whatever you want to alleviate this." He said Echeverria was charged with seven felonies and insinuated that the victim could settle this with Echeverria being charged with fewer felonies.

After Judge John Parker heard several arguments from both the state and the defense including Fuentes being under house arrest in California. The judge decided to keep his bail at the $70,000. Judge Parker said he would revisit the issue once the defense researches house arrest programs to ensure that he would come back to Montana for to all of his court dates

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