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House shooter reaches plea deal in case

Daily Inter Lake | June 30, 2021 10:15 AM

A Flathead Valley man who was implicated in a drive-by shooting on the west side of Kalispell four days before Christmas 2019 has agreed to plead guilty.

Dray Scott Wieting, 19, of Kalispell, was arrested July 10, 2020, in Columbia Falls. He was wanted by the Kalispell Police Department for his alleged participation with three others in the shooting. He remains in the Flathead County Detention Center with his bail set at $280,000.

Court documents filed in Flathead County District Court indicate Wieting will plead guilty to one felony count of assault with a weapon and one felony count of criminal endangerment. The deal calls for him to serve a total of 25 years with 10 suspended.

Wieting originally was charged with two counts of assault with a weapon and three counts of criminal endangerment.

Wieting faced a maximum of 70 years in the Montana State Prison if convicted of all charges.

Wieting’s change of plea hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, July 15.

Wieting still has a pending case against him for allegedly stealing a vehicle and crashing it in Columbia Falls on June 4, 2020.

Wieting was the last of four people sought in the Dec. 21, 2019, shootings that left several Kalispell homes riddled with bullets.

In the complaint against Wieting, a woman said he sold a gun to her friend in late December 2019. At the time, Wieting allegedly admitted to being involved in the drive-by shooting. The complaint also indicated Wieting’s statement was corroborated by social media records.