South Ave. shooting suspect enters pleas in separate criminal case

Posted at 5:43 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 19:43:20-04

MISSOULA – A man who pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder in connection with a shooting on South Ave. also pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts in a separate case.

18-year-old Chase Munson pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts ranging from burglary to theft and criminal mischief. Those eight felony counts are from a string of incidents which occurred between Jan. 30 and Feb. 19.

Munson is accused of running three stolen vehicles into a medical marijuana dispensary and a smoke shop, on three different occasions, in an attempt to rob the establishments.

According to court documents, Munson stole a vehicle and then crashed it into a dispensary in the first incident on Jan. 30. A witness said that they spotted someone leaving the scene carrying a cannabis plant.

Court documents accuse Munson of repeating those actions later at the same location and then at local smoke shop.

Court documents show that Munson was identified after the review of video surveillance from the incidents and also from witness testimony.

If convicted on all eight charges, Munson could face up to 90 years in prison. His next trial date for this case is set for July 3.