BILLINGS, Montana — A Billings man convicted of defrauding an elderly couple as they tried to sell their home in Harlowton has been given a deferred prison sentence and 10 years to pay $55,000 in restitution.
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/17tSQss) District Judge Russell Fagg sentenced Jesse James Eagle Speaker on Tuesday for theft, forgery and exploitation of an older person or person with a developmental disability.
The residence was listed for sale in January 2010 for $85,000. Prosecutors alleged Eagle Speaker persuaded the owner of the house to sign a document she didn't understand that transferred ownership of the property to him.
Eagle Speaker sold the property for about $45,000 in November 2010. He said the woman was asking $43,000 and he paid her $35,000 after it sold.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com