Mall shooter

James Newman appeared in military uniform for his sentencing stemming from his role in a 2017 shooting at Rimrock Mall.

LARRY MAYER, Gazette Staff

The man who fired a gun at suspected shoplifters last year received a deferred sentence on Thursday.

James Ellis Newman, 30, got a cumulative one-year deferred sentence and a $500 fine for misdemeanor charges of negligent endangerment and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

He will not be allowed to have a firearm while serving that sentence. The hearing was held before Billings Municipal Court with Judge Sheila Kolar.

On Feb 25, Newman opened fire on two suspected shoplifters who were in a vehicle in a Rimrock Mall parking lot. He confronted them when the vehicle was parked and pointed a handgun at them.

When the car began driving away, he fired six shots. The final bullet struck a snow pile as the car rounded a corner in the lot.

City prosecutors charged Newman in August. He entered no contest pleas earlier this month.

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General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.