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Two men sentenced for firearms and car chase

by Jeff Smith/For the Leader
| May 23, 2024 12:00 AM

Two men were recently sentenced in Polson District Court for their part in threatening a group of juveniles with firearms, and a pursuit with law enforcement last summer.

On May 15, Nathan Videl Caye, 20, was given a three-year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections, all suspended, for felony criminal endangerment. However, his suspended sentence on a previous assault was revoked.

Izayus Prewett, 18, was committed on May 2 to the DOC for six years on each of three counts of assault with a weapon, to run concurrently, for his part in the incident that occurred during a rodeo event at the Polson Fairgrounds on Aug. 26, 2023.

It started with a physical altercation between Prewett and the new boyfriend of Prewett’s ex-girlfriend. Later, after feeling the “fight” wasn’t fair, Caye and Prewett went looking for the new boyfriend, but instead came across a group of female juveniles in the 500 block of Main Street and firearms were brandished. A warning shot was also fired, allegedly by Prewett.

The pursuit with law enforcement occurred later, when Caye sped away from an attempted traffic stop and ran several stop signs. The pursuit ended when the white Chevy Silverado pick-up he was driving sideswiped two other vehicles, rendering it inoperable. Caye fled on foot, leaving Prewett behind with two firearms, one in the truck, and one on Prewett.

Judge Molly Owen presided over Caye’s sentencing, while visiting Judge Amy Eddy presided over Prewett’s.

Caye was on probation after being convicted of assault with a weapon for an incident that occurred in front of the Polson VFW on Main Street Nov. 26, 2022. He was convicted on two counts of assault with a weapon in that case, and was sentenced to the DOC for 10 years with all but 13 days already served suspended.

Judge Owen revoked that suspended sentence, and re-committed Caye to the DOC for 10 years with five years suspended. He was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs to begin serving his time.

    Izayus Prewett