Jason Christ gets deferred sentence for bomb threat


MISSOULA, Mont. - Jason Christ won't spend time behind bars for threatening to bomb a Missoula Verizon Wireless store.

NBC Montana's been following the case since 2010 when Christ, a prominent medical marijuana advocate, called a Verizon Wireless employee and threatened to blow up the cellphone store.

After two trials a jury convicted him of intimidation.

Christ pushed back his sentencing hearing several times. Most recently for claiming he needed an attorney; he had been representing himself.

Wednesday, his attorney told Missoula County District Court Judge Karen Townsend he wasn't completely ready to proceed with the hearing but also didn't want to leave Christ hanging.

Townsend proceeded with the sentencing and after a lengthy hearing handed down a six year deferred sentence. Christ will also have to pay a $10,000 fine as well as fees for the cost of the jury and public defender.

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