Montana Supreme Court Asked to Intervene in DUI Case
The Montana Supreme Court is being asked to intervene in an appeal by a man sent to prison for causing a drunken driving accident that left two people dead three years ago.
NBC Montana says the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole wants the court to intervene because Lance Pavlik is jailed in Powell County, outside of Sanders County where District Court Judge James A. Manley has jurisdiction.
According to the Daily Inter Lake, Pavlik objects because the parole board opposes his early release. Pavlik says the parole board misinterpreted the judge's sentence and he says the judge still has jurisdiction.
Pavlik pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence and two counts of criminal endangerment. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 20 years suspended.