The Wibaux County attorney received a deferred sentence on Monday after being arrested in November at a downtown bar in Billings where staff say he caused a disturbance and refused to leave.
Ronald Efta, who has served for the past 38 years as the top prosecutor in the small county east of Glendive, pleaded no contest to resisting arrest in city court on Monday. City prosecutors moved to dismiss a single count each of disorderly conduct and obstructing a police officer.
Municipal Court Judge Sheila Kolar granted Efta a deferred imposition of sentence of six months on the condition that he pay a $335 fine and a $120 court surcharge, complete a chemical dependency evaluation and obey all laws, among other conditions.
Officers arrived at the Montana Brewing Company the night of Nov. 27, 2017, after an employee called police to report a man causing a disturbance and refusing to leave, according to charging documents.
Efta was allegedly “screaming across the bar at employees” when officers arrived, charges state.
When he was told to leave, he “became upset and wanted to know who had called police about his behavior,” the affidavit states. When officers began to escort him out of the bar, Efta tensed up and began to pull his arms away from them. Officers then "directed (him) to the ground,” according to the affidavit.
“The defendant still continued to actively resist officers’ attempt to place him into handcuffs,” the charges state. “Due to the defendant’s aggressive behavior toward officers, a Taser was deployed.”
After reinforcements arrived, Efta was eventually handcuffed and taken to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.
Efta has served as the Wibaux County Attorney since 1979, according to the Wibaux County Clerk and Recorder's office.
Efta did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment on Monday.
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