A former Lewis and Clark County sheriff's deputy charged with hitting and pulling a gun on a man while drunk at a party has received a deferred sentence.

The Independent Record reports that Phillip Jay Clark was given a deferred sentence of 18 months on Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of negligent endangerment. Felony counts of assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment had been dropped as part of a plea deal.

Clark is accused of hitting a man several times and eventually pulling a loaded gun on him during a party at his home in December.

Clark, who resigned from the sheriff's office after the incident, has been ordered to relinquish his Public Safety Officer Standards and Training certificate and stay away from alcohol.

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