Joliet man who assaulted police sentenced for infecting partner with HIV

2014-01-27T17:24:00Z 2014-01-28T21:11:08Z Joliet man who assaulted police sentenced for infecting partner with HIVGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

RED LODGE — A Joliet man recently sentenced for shooting at officers -- and acquitted of animal cruelty -- has pleaded guilty to an amended charge for infecting his former partner with HIV, according to the Carbon County Attorney’s office.

As part of a plea agreement, Peter Clifton Northcutt, 53, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a misdemeanor count of negligent endangerment, reduced from a felony count of criminal endangerment, Carbon County Attorney Alex Nixon said Monday.

The victim in the case, who according to court records had a three-year relationship with Northcutt, didn’t want to go to trial, Nixon said.

Justice Court Judge Kevin Nichols gave Northcutt a sentence of one year in jail with nine months suspended.

The sentence will run concurrent to prison time a judge gave Northcutt in November for shooting at law enforcement officers who responded to his property after he shot and killed 55 sled dogs in July 2011, according to court records.

A jury convicted Northcutt last April of three counts of assault on a peace officer stemming from the incident, but found him not guilty of aggravated animal cruelty for shooting the dogs.

For the first assault conviction, District Judge Loren Tucker sentenced Northcutt to 10 years with the Department of Corrections, with five years suspended. The second count netted Northcutt a concurrent 10-year suspended sentence. Tucker handed down a consecutive 10-year suspended sentence for the third charge.

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