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A Man is Sentenced Additional 10-Years for Forging COVID-19 Result

Montana man sentenced to another 10 years after forging COVID 19 result.
Montana man sentenced to another 10 years after forging COVID 19 result. (Photo: Montana Standard)

Sean Michael Kelledy, 50, of Montana, was sentenced to an additional ten years in prison for fabricating physical evidence. The man already has a 23-year sentence for defrauding two elderly residents of Butte. He was sentenced in 2015 and 2017 for scamming the two elderlies. In March 2022, Kelledy was given a suspension for violating his probation for both crimes, but he never paid compensation.

According to Montana Standard, Kelledy defrauded an elderly woman who had graciously taken him in when he needed a place to stay in 2015. And in 2017, he was found guilty of defrauding an elderly man for roof repairs that were never completed.

Montana man uses fake COVID result to skip court hearing. (Photo: Montana Standard)

Montana man uses fake COVID result to skip court hearing. (Photo: Montana Standard)

Both cases were initially suspended, but a judge revoked them in March 2022 due to repeated probation violations and new crimes.

According to Fox News, the man said he missed the court hearing in December 2021 because he had COVID-19. He supplied a medical record from a Missoula clinic showing that he had been diagnosed with the said illness.

The prosecutors later learned that the medical record had been forged.

Defense attorney Daniel Miller requested that District Court Judge Kurt Krueger suspend the extra 10 years or have them run concurrently with the 23-year sentence.

However, Prosecutor Ann Shea said Kelledy had a long history of committing crimes, with a record of 16 or 17 felonies and no intervening “successful time period” of not committing crimes. Judge Krueger denied the request from Miller, and hence Kelledy will face his sentence until he is 84 years old.

 

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