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.