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Man charged in Butte bus hostage incident sentenced to 10 years

Dane Anthony Gibson
Posted at 10:44 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 12:44:22-05

BUTTE — The man charged in a hostage standoff on a bus in Butte in January 2019 appeared in District Court on Wednesday morning.

Judge Kurt Krueger sentenced Dane Anthony Gibson, of Spokane, to 20 years with 10 suspended to the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

On April 25, 2019, Gibson entered a plea of not guilty. His trial was then delayed after the court ordered a mental evaluation.

District Judge Kurt Krueger ordered Gibson, 52, to be sent to the Montana State Hospital for a mental evaluation before any further action was taken on his case.

Gibson faced felony charges of aggravated kidnapping and assault with a weapon in connection with the January 30, 2019 standoff at the Butte bus transfer station.

A passenger was held at gunpoint for several hours. The standoff ended that evening when officers threw tear gas in the Jefferson Lines bus.