HELENA, Mont. -

The Montana Supreme Court has denied a petition for post-conviction relief filed by a Billings man who said a District Court judge misinterpreted the state's arson law and that both of his attorneys provided ineffective assistance.
The Supreme Court's ruling left in place a five-year suspended sentence given to Lionel Scott Ellison in 2009 for an October 2007 fire that damaged a woman's car.
However one of his attorneys faces public censure next month after the Commission on Practice found he made "abusive, disruptive and threatening" statements to the attorney who filed the petition for post-conviction relief.
Ellison was sentenced in April to five years in prison with two suspended for violating the terms of the suspended sentence after being convicted of eight misdemeanors including domestic violence, theft and insurance fraud.