After about two hours of deliberation late Tuesday, a jury convicted a man for shooting at a father and son who had been hired to dismantle a Lockwood trailer house in February 2012.
The jury found Todd Brent Chilton, 45, guilty on two felony counts of assault with a weapon. After the verdict was announced, District Judge Russell C. Fagg ordered Chilton taken into custody, pending sentencing, which is scheduled for Sept. 29.
According to court records, Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputies arrested Chilton on Feb. 6, 2012, after they were called to a residence on Lomond Lane.
Two 911 calls were made that day: The first from a man who said he and his son had been shot at, and the second from Chilton, who said two men were on his property stealing and that he had thrown fireworks at them.
The deputy spoke to the father and son, who said they had been hired by someone other than Chilton to cut up a trailer house frame on the property, court records say.
While they were working, Chilton approached and seemed to have “no problem” with their explanation of what they were doing, court records state.
The men took a load of materials away and returned, when Chilton approached them again, this time cursing at them. They reported he went to a pickup, pulled out a rifle and fired three or four shots at them.
A deputy spoke to Chilton, who reportedly smelled of alcohol. Chilton said he saw the men working on his property and an argument broke out about who owned the trailer house, charging documents say.
Chilton said he went to his garage, grabbed some fireworks and threw them at the men.
The deputy reported there were pieces of cut up paper on the ground, but they did not appear to be burnt or shredded, but he did find empty .22-caliber shell casings on the ground and a rifle and ammunition in Chilton’s truck.
Senior Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Brett Linneweber prosecuted the case, and Billings attorney Lance Lundvall represented Chilton.