Park County jury convicts ex-legislator of resisting arrest

2013-05-13T17:31:00Z 2013-05-13T22:34:12Z Park County jury convicts ex-legislator of resisting arrestThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 13, 2013 5:31 pm  • 

LIVINGSTON — A Park County jury has convicted a former state legislator of resisting arrest, obstruction and fleeing a peace officer for running a roadblock last year.

Joel Boniek had argued he was reacting to a wildfire approaching his home.

He previously claimed the court and county officials lacked legitimacy. At an earlier hearing, he declared he was in charge of the court after a fracas involving his supporters caused the judge to leave abruptly.

Boniek's supporters were generally quiet during Friday's trial.

Park County Justice Court Justice of the Peace Linda Budeski fined Boniek $1,105 and gave him a suspended sentence of 10 days in jail.

Some of his supporters responded to the sentence with anger. One booed.

Boniek says he hasn't decided whether to appeal.

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