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Aug 14, 2013 4:33 PM by Irina Cates - KPAX News

Judge says no to plea deal in Missoula mall gun incident

MISSOULA - A Missoula judge has denied a plea agreement in the case of a man accused of scaring people by pointing an air soft gun at them while leaning out the window of a car.

Skylore Hallock's plea agreement called for a three-year deferred sentence. The judge said Hallock doesn't deserve a deferred sentence, because there were charges pending against him in another county, when he committed this crime.

Missoula police responded to the mall in May after several people reported a man leaning out of a car window and pointing a gun at them. One man said he heard "popping" sounds as the suspect car drove by a daycare on Brooks Street.

Officers followed Hallock into the Southgate Mall where he took off running and was arrested at gunpoint.

In court, Wednesday morning, the judge told Hallock he wants to give him a 10-year suspended prison sentence.

"And I can tell you Mr. Hallock that it took quiet a bit of thinking on my part, before I come down to the 10-year suspended sentence. My initial reaction is that you should go to the Montana State Prison and be transferred to their boot camp program," said Missoula District Judge Ed McLean.

Hallock is scheduled to be back in court on Sept. 11. Before Hallock left the courtroom Wednesday morning, the judge told him if he points a real, or a fake weapon at anyone in this county, he'll send him to prison.

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