Billings man, 22, admits endangerment charges

2014-03-28T16:51:00Z 2014-03-28T23:07:40Z Billings man, 22, admits endangerment chargesGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A man who has faced felony charges four years in a row pleaded guilty in Yellowstone County District Court on Friday to counts of theft, criminal endangerment and criminal mischief.

James Vincent Cracraft, 22, pleaded guilty to charges in a case from this year and a case from last year. He also admitted to violating conditions of his probation in cases from 2012 and 2011.

In the case from earlier this year, Cracraft pleaded guilty to felony theft and misdemeanor theft for knowingly driving a stolen truck for two weeks and for taking part in a scheme to steal fuel from a gas station.

And in the case from last year, Cracraft pleaded guilty to amended charges, including two counts of felony criminal endangerment, felony criminal mischief and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.

He admitted to running a red light while fleeing from a Montana Highway Patrol trooper last October and to crashing into the garage door of a Billings home. In a separate incident, he admitted to driving on a sidewalk while fleeing from police. He also admitted to damaging a stolen vehicle.

In exchange for his guilty pleas, a misdemeanor count of driving without a license was dismissed.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in the 2014 case on June 6 and in the 2013 case on June 12.

As a result of his admissions of guilt in those two cases, Cracraft will also face new sentences for his convictions for a 2012 felony burglary and a 2011 felony theft.

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