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Kalispell man suspected in Butte assault now charged with negligent homicide

Jason Acebedo of Butte died Oct. 20
Posted at 4:14 PM, Oct 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-21 18:14:13-04

BUTTE — A Kalispell man faces a charge of negligent homicide in the death of a Butte man who was assaulted last week.

Jesse Mollenkopf, 46, is accused of assaulting 46-year-old Jason Acebedo of Butte around 9:40 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the parking lot of Town Pump on South Montana Street, according to Butte Sheriff Ed Lester.

Acebedo suffered a serious head injury in the attack that later required extended treatment at a hospital in Salt Lake City. Acebedo died at that hospital Wednesday evening.

Mollenkopf was arrested Thursday morning in Divide, Montana, and remains jailed in Butte.