JD Feltz who was originally convicted by the Hill County Attorney team of Lorang and Dahl had his conviction overturned Friday after the Montana Supreme Court ruled 7-0 to set aside his January 15, 2009 conviction and sent the case back to district court. Feltz was originally convicted by jury trial but maintained that the jury should have been allowed to consider a lesser charge of misdemeanor assault instead of the assault with a weapon count which was a felony. The district court originally sentenced Feltz ten years and designated him a persistent felony offender. Hill County was represented by Deputy County Attorney Lindsey Lorang in Friday’s reversal and Feltz was represented by public defender Frank Picos.
Why are these cases getting overturned? It is apparent that the county attorney’s office is dropping the ball in some of these cases. Every District Court decision that gets over turned costs Hill County taxpayers additional money.
You can read the Supreme Court’s decision here http://fnweb1.isd.doa.state.mt.us/idmws/docContent.dll?Library=CISDOCSVR01^doaisd510&ID=003828932 or read all the briefs on the State Supreme Court site by searching the name of FELTZ here http://fnweb1.isd.doa.state.mt.us/idmws/custom/SLL/SLL_FN_home.htm