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Man receives 15 years for crew camp killing

WILLISTON, N.D. — A man who shot and killed another man at a crew camp has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Victor Scott Lamont pleaded guilty to Class B and C felony charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and two counts of terrorizing for the August 2012 shooting death of Jerry Schild of Texas.

Lamont, under the influence of alcohol, shot and killed Schild at a Tioga crew camp. He also wounded one other person and aimed his gun at two more, though the gun malfunctioned, and they were unharmed.

Lamont was sentenced Monday.

Victor LamontFor the Class B felony manslaughter charge, Lamont will serve 10 years in prison, pay a $1,025 fine to the court and pay $5,000 to the Schild family to cover the costs of the funeral they held for Schild.

For the Class C felony reckless endangerment charge, Lamont will serve five years consecutively after the first 10 years in prison.

He will pay for any medical expenses incurred upon the second man he shot, who survived.

For the first Class C felony terrorizing charge, Lamont will serve five years in prison concurrent with the previous charge.

For the second Class C felony terrorizing charge, Lamont will serve five years in prison, with two years suspended and the other three concurrent with the previous charge.

Williams County State’s Attorney Marlyce Wilder read aloud a victim statement written by Lauren Schild, Jerry Schild’s daughter, who was on the phone and listening in on the sentencing that way.

“He was my favorite person,” Schild wrote of her late father. “He was my hero. He was everything to me. All of my fondest memories relate to him. His death broke my heart and changed my life forever. I lost everything dear to me. I lost my father, the home we shared together, my job and my happiness. I will never be the same person I was before his death.”

Judge David Nelson called it “unusual” that someone who previously had no criminal record as an adult would suddenly commit a violent crime that affected so many people.

Lamont stated that he “can only imagine” the pain he had caused and said there was “nothing he could do” to prove to the court and victims that he was a good person.