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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bozeman area man charged with destruction of government property

MISSOULA—A Bozeman area man appeared in court today on charges of destruction of government property, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

William David Hutton, 54, had an initial appearance on a criminal complaint before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch. Hutton waived a preliminary hearing. Judge Lynch detained Hutton pending further proceedings.

The complaint charges Hutton with destruction/attempted destruction of government property. Court documents allege Hutton drove his vehicle into an entrance of the Bozeman Federal Building, at 10 East Babcock St., on July 8.

The complaint is merely an accusation and Hutton is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If convicted of the most serious crime, Hutton faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Starnes is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Federal Protective Service and Bozeman Police Department.

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Clair Johnson Howard Public Information Officer 406-247-4623
Updated July 11, 2019