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Montana 20th District Court News

by Berl Tiskus/Lake County Leader
| March 16, 2023 12:00 AM

Clairmont changes plea

Judge Molly Owen accepted Adam Clairmont’s change of plea and his admission to an amended charge of Criminal Endangerment, a felony, Count 1, and Partner or Family Member Assault, second offense, a misdemeanor, March 1 in the 20th Judicial Court in Polson.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 3 at 9 a..m. Clairmont’s attorney, Britt Cotter, asked that his client’s SCRAM bracelet be removed, and the court agreed.

Clairmont was arrested Jan. 26 after Lake County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of an assault at a Pablo residence. The victim told deputies Clairmont had pushed her down during an argument, and she showed them a head injury she said was incurred.

Later that evening, the victim again contacted the Sheriff’s Department, and the call was referred to Tribal Law and Order. The victim reported that Clairmont had beaten her up, and took her phone away and smashed it so she couldn’t call 911. The victim’s two children, ages 6 and 4, ran to the neighboring house for help.

She said Clairmont also knocked her down and dragged her across the driveway and choked her until she couldn’t breathe. Officers noted drag marks on her back and finger marks on her neck.

Trial date set for Nathan Winter Plemmons

Also appearing March 1 was Nathan Winter Plemmons, who is charged with 10 counts of Sexual Abuse of Children, felonies, and one count of Incest, a felony. Lane Bennett, recently retained as Plemmons’s attorney, requested another date for an omnibus hearing/pre-trial conference, now set for May 3 at 9 a.m. with a jury trial scheduled for June 6 at 9 a.m.

On May 21, 2022, law enforcement officers received Cybertip reports regarding child pornography being uploaded into a cloud storage account allegedly associated with Plemmons’ phone. Allegedly, he was knowingly photographing a child under the age of 12, engaging in sexual conduct, actual or simulated, when he was over 18. He allegedly photographed a child under 12 at seven separate times in four locations.

Plemmons is also accused of knowingly having sexual intercourse with a descendant under the age of 12, when he is over 18.

Billedeaux pleads not guilty to attempted deliberate homicide

John Xavier Billedeaux, 46, Charlo, was arraigned on a charge of attempted deliberate homicide on March 2 in the 20th Judicial District Court, Judge Kim Christopher presiding. He pleaded not guilty to the charge. An omnibus hearing was set for June 22 at 9 a.m. with a jury trial slated for Aug. 21.

Billedeaux was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 12, after Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a dispatch report of a shot fired at a vehicle at the intersection of Timberline Way and Eagle Pass Trail. Investigation revealed that as a passenger vehicle drove by a home where Billedeaux was standing in the driveway and an intentional shot was fired from a handgun, according to a press release from Lake County Sheriff Don Bell. The bullet struck the vehicle’s structural roof support on the passenger side, where a person was seated.

Deputies found Billedeaux seated in a pickup parked in the driveway with a .40 caliber Glock pistol, and shell casings were located in the driveway. Billedeaux refused to exit the pickup when officers asked him to, and they needed to deploy a taser to arrest him.

Billedeaux was booked into the Lake County Jail with bond set at $500,000. Other charges include Assault with a Weapon and Felony Possession of Dangerous Drugs. He remains in the Lake County Jail.

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