A landlord in Montana who gunned down a tenant’s barking puppy and threatened to shoot a 13-year-old girl during a dispute last year will lose his gun rights.
Allen Dale Green, 66, was also ordered by District Judge Donald Harris during his sentencing on Tuesday to pay a $10,000 fine and more than $1,300 in restitution to cover moving costs the tenants endured when they decided to live elsewhere after their 10-month-old border collie was fatally shot, the Billings Gazette reports.
Green, according to court documents, was operating a lawn mower while attending to sheep on his property west of Huntley in August 2017 when the dog began barking. Angered by the animal, Green later told responding deputies he grabbed his rifle and shot the dog, which was tied up outside.
Green then threatened to shoot the unidentified tenant’s 13-year-old daughter when she began yelling at him. Green apologized for threatening the teen in court on Tuesday, but said he simply “couldn’t stand” her profanity-laced tirade during the ordeal.
Harris said Green — who had been previously convicted of assault with a weapon and criminal mischief in the incident — was “at best, sorta sorry” for the incident and ordered him to have a mental health evaluation in connection with his anger management issues.
Prosecutors meanwhile dropped a count of obstructing a peace officer after Green was found hiding beneath a flatbed trailer while deputies searched his property to question him in connection with the shooting.
Green, who claimed he’s owed two months’ rent by the tenants, remained on probation as of Thursday, jail records show.
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