UPDATED: Priest pleads not guilty to all four counts

 

 

Sen. Jason Priest pled not guilty to 4 counts of charges against him that include assault on a minor, PFM assault, assault and resisting arrest. He appeared at his arraignment in Carbon County District Court before Judge Blair Jones Thursday morning. 

During the course of the arraignment the State, represented by Mary Cochenour, asked for a GPS monitoring to be placed on Priest.

The State argued that Priest's "children are frightened to see him" and during the incident on Feb. 1, he had not complied with commands given by the police officer on scene.

"Some measure of compliance must be in place," she said. "Domestic violence can escalate very quickly."

The defense, represented by Vernon Woodward, argued back saying that a GPS system was "ridiculous" and "humiliating."

Woodward described Priest as "bright" and that he had  "no desire to bring more difficulty into his life."

The State also requested that Priest cannot go within 1,500 of Anna Priests home, Jon Trapp's home, the children's schools and the Red Lodge Boys and Girls Club or Trapp's place of work, The Fire Department.

Judge Jones that a hearing is to take place next week and he wished to keep the temporary order of protection in place until then.

The Court was told that Anna and Jason Priest share the same gym and the Judge Blair asked counsel to sort this issue out between them.

Bail has been posted at $1,500. Priest was told he cannot leave Montana without permission from the court; he must have no firearms, no alcohol and abide by a 10 p.m. curfew.

Priest was charged with the four counts after an incident that happened Feb. 1, 2014 at his home.

 

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