Washington State Man Previously Convicted of Manslaughter Arrested in Hill County

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A man from Washington state who was convicted of first degree manslaughter after fatally shooting his friend with a handgun he apparently thought wasn’t loaded back in 2007 is now in custody in Hill County.

Sage Bear (a.k.a. Sage Denny), 31, was placed in the Hill County Detention Center on June 21st and had a felony warrant for his arrest for allegedly violating the conditions of Community Custody.

The warrant was issued out of King County, Washington on March 15th.

Bear appeared at the Hill County Courthouse on Monday for an extradition hearing and did not contest his extradition. He is expected to be transported back to Washington state within the next 30 days. If the transport takes longer, the State will have to file notice with the Court.

In the 2007 case, Bear was sentenced in December 2008 to 130 months in prison for manslaughter and 41 months for unlawful possession of a firearm, with credit for 391 days already served in King County. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

Bear had a criminal history as a juvenile prior to the manslaughter case, according to court documents, with convictions for attempted theft, taking a vehicle without permission, second degree robbery, and residential burglary. The residential burglary sentence dates back to September 2004, when the defendant was 14-years-old.

In 2017, Bear was caught by law enforcement after climbing over a fence topped with razor wire near Olympia, Washington. At that time, Bear was expected to be released from jail in March 2019.

It is unclear when Bear was actually released.

Court records out of King County state that another case has opened up against Bear. Records state that Bear was charged with second degree assault with a weapon in a case that was initially filed last October. A trial in that case is scheduled for later this year.

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