MISSOULA - A 72-year-old Missoula man whose bail was set at $2 million out of a concern he would drink himself to death if he were released from jail has been sentenced to the state Department of Corrections and must complete an alcohol treatment program.
The Missoulian reports that Carl Midland appeared in District Court on Tuesday and was sentenced to five years with Corrections with all but 80 days suspended on the condition he complete the treatment program. His bail was lifted.
Last month, District Judge Dusty Deschamps set the bail extraordinarily high because he was worried the man would die of alcoholism if he were released. At the time, Midland appeared before the judge because he continued to drink heavily in violation of his probation on a felony DUI conviction.
A probation report listed several instances of Midland being found in motel rooms with blood-alcohol levels at least twice the legal limit. His BAC was 0.298 percent Sept. 9 and 0.424 percent Oct. 1.