HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A Havre man has been sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections, with five suspended, after being convicted of felony theft by common scheme.
Joshua Glen Reid, born in 1979, was sentenced on Wednesday by Judge Kaydee Snipes-Ruiz in Hill County District Court.
Reid was also ordered to pay $8,580 in restitution. $4,575 was ordered to be paid to Independence Bank in Havre, $1,625 was ordered to be paid to Stockman Bank in Havre, and $1,600 must go to Stan’s Pawn Shop in Havre.
Reid will receive credit for 211 days previously served. This sentence will be run consecutively with all other sentences Reid is facing.
Court documents allege that between January 14th and February 12th, 2020, Reid forged checks in someone else’s name and attempted to cash them at local businesses. It is unclear how many of the checks were cashed.
A court affidavit also states Reid was arrested at his Blaine County residence after his probation officer was informed of the situation. Reid admitted to stealing and writing all of the checks out to himself and told officers that he has gotten caught up in a dangerous situation with the “Mexican Cartel,” and had paid cartel members $7,500 of the money he had stolen.
Since then, Reid’s place of residence has changed to Havre, according to an official at the Hill County Detention Center.
As per the plea agreement, the other charge filed in this case, felony forgery, was dismissed.
Reid has been in the Hill County Detention Center since June 9th, 2020 after being accused of committing four separate felonies (three counts of partner or family member assault (3rd or subsequent offense), one count of aggravated burglary). A jury trial is tentatively set to begin in December.
Just a few days after being placed back in the Hill County Detention Center, he was accused of trying to escape custody after requesting emergency medical assistance. Reid has been charged with four felonies in that case (escape, assault on a Peace Officer, attempt to commit aggravated assault, solicitation to commit obsructing justice), which is still making its way through the court system as well, with a jury trial tentatively set for December.
Reid is in the middle of one other pending case, where he has been charged with the felony of possession of dangerous drugs. That case is set to go to trial in January.
Reid has already been ordered to be incarcerated in the Montana State Prison until December 2023 after violating his release conditions from a 2016 case where he was convicted of theft by embezzlement for using a Duck Inn company credit card to make unauthorized purchases.
Following the conclusion of that sentence, Reid will be screened for placement in the Department of Corrections.
Information on the Department of Corrections website shows that Reid has previously been convicted of partner or family member assault (sentenced in 2011), and two separate theft cases (sentenced in 2011 and 2017), all in Hill County District Court.
Court records also show that Reid was convicted of partner or family member assault in Hill County Justice Court in 2007 and Havre City Court in 2006.