Lockwood man can't own firearms after strip club shooting

2013-01-14T14:15:00Z 2014-08-25T08:02:52Z Lockwood man can't own firearms after strip club shootingBy ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A district judge told a Lockwood man on Monday that, if he behaves, he won't spend any time in jail for pointing a rifle at several people at a strip club and then firing it over the heads of law enforcement. But he can't own or possess any firearms for the next 30 years.

Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Douglas Gene McKinnon, 43, to 30 years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections, with all 30 suspended, for a felony count of assault with a weapon and two felony counts of criminal endangerment.

Baugh told McKinnon that he cannot have any firearms during that time. 

Baugh said McKinnon suffers from bipolar disorder and that his actions combined with his mental illness made it necessary to bar him from having any guns.

"You've forfeited the right to own or possess guns," he said.

The sentence came as part of a plea agreement with the Yellowstone County Attorney's Office.

McKinnon was arrested in February 2012 at Planet Lockwood after Yellowstone County sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance.

Court records state that McKinnon got into an altercation with a man inside and pointed a gun at him. A bouncer got him to leave, but several people followed McKinnon outside to confront him. He pointed a rifle at them and drove off.

As a pair of sheriff's deputies interviewed witnesses outside the club, McKinnon twice fired the rifle over their heads. The deputies found him about 100 yards away in his pickup truck and arrested him.

Before Baugh pronounced sentence, McKinnon addressed the courtroom and apologized. He said that he suffers from bipolar disorder, was off his medication during the incident and had been drinking.

He apologized to his family, sheriff's deputies and those he threatened.

"I'm truly ashamed, embarrassed and disgusted with how I treated my fellow man," he said.

Baugh told McKinnon that if he behaves he won't be on probation or under supervision after the first 10 years of his sentence other than regular contact with law enforcement to make sure he's not in possession of any firearms.

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