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Monsters Among Us: Donald DuBray killed Suzette Pritchard while she was working at Keith’s Town Pump convenience store; Sentenced to life in prison

From Donald Dubray’s appeal:
On the night of October 6, 1986, Suzette Pritchard was working at a Town Pump convenience store located on 10th Avenue South in Great Falls.   Friends of Suzette’s, including Becky Hill, Vicki Kuhn, and Suzette’s sister, Annette Pritchard, visited Suzette at work periodically throughout her shift that night.   At about 12:55 a.m., Annette, Becky, and Vicki left to get Suzette french fries from a nearby Burger King. When they returned about five minutes later, they noticed a maroon-colored car parked behind the Town Pump that they had not seen before.   The three generally described the car as older, beat-up, and dirty.

Vicki took the french fries into the Town Pump while Annette and Becky waited in the car.   Vicki noticed a man she did not recognize at the microwave.   The man walked toward her and stopped about three feet in front of her.   Vicki observed that he may have been intoxicated.   She reported that the man made her feel uneasy, and that she attempted to make conversation with him.   Becky and Annette also saw the man, and all three were able to give similar, though not identical, descriptions of him.

When Vicki returned to the car, she told Annette and Becky that the man gave her the creeps.   Becky had the feeling he was just waiting for them to leave.   Annette decided she would call her sister intermittently through the rest of her shift that night.   As they drove away from the Town Pump, Annette noticed it was 1:08 a.m.

At about 1:20 a.m., Larry Blanchard, the owner of a private security business, drove in front of the Town Pump. He observed a dirty, red, mid-sized car with some body damage leaving from the rear of the store.

After Vicki dropped her friends off, she and her boyfriend returned to the Town Pump to visit with Suzette.   Vicki found Suzette’s body lying on the floor behind the counter.   At 1:22 a.m., Officer Porter from the Great Falls Police Department was dispatched to the Town Pump. Suzette was dead when he arrived.   She had been stabbed multiple times in the chest.   During his investigation of the crime scene, Officer Porter noticed a wrapped-up sandwich lying on the counter.   Later that night, a detective processed the crime scene and lifted fingerprints throughout the store.   Unfortunately, the prints on the sandwich wrapper were not usable.

The owner of the Town Pump found that approximately $300 was missing from the store.   About a week after the homicide, he realized that a knife with a five-inch steel blade, which was always kept in the store, was missing.   He was also able to determine by looking at cash register receipts, that the last transaction before the homicide was for ninety nine cents, the price of the sandwich on the counter.

In the weeks and months following the homicide, Vicki and Becky helped develop composite drawings of the suspect.   All three of the primary witnesses, Annette, Becky, and Vicki, participated in approximately fifty photo lineups.   The detectives followed up on information provided by the public, but to little avail.   At one point they investigated Joseph Grosbusch, another Town Pump employee, but concluded he was not a suspect.

Between 1989 and 1997, there were no significant developments in the investigation.   In 1997, however, Detective Cameron received information from a confidential informant that Donald DuBray committed the homicide.   DuBray was in prison for a rape conviction at the time the tip was provided.   The confidential informant also told Detective Cameron that DuBray owned 1969 and 1974 red Pontiacs.   Based on this information, Detective Cameron reopened the investigation.   Detective Cameron learned that DuBray had been driving a 1967 red or maroon Pontiac with damage to the rear end at the time of the homicide.

At the time of Suzette’s murder, DuBray lived with his girlfriend, Rose Valenzuela.   Rose testified that on the night of October 6, 1986, the night of the homicide, DuBray left the apartment and did not return until early the morning of October 7, 1986.   That day Rose flew to Seattle.   She testified that a month or two later when DuBray found her in Seattle, he told her he had robbed the Town Pump.

Dubray Convicted Of Two Counts Of First Degree Murder
Justices reject DuBray’s appeal in stabbing death
Man convicted in ’86 convenience store murder seeks new trial
State of Montana v Donald DuBray 2003 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Donald DuBray v State of Montana 2008 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Man convicted of killing Great Falls woman dies in prison
Montana State Prison inmate convicted of homicide dies in custody
Inmate convicted in 1986 killing dies
United States of America v Donald Frances Dubray 1992 (conviction affirmed)
United States of America v Donald Frances Dubray 1993 (sentence affirmed)
Sister of slain teen forgave killer

Movies/Documentaries
Motives & Murders: Three Times the Pain

INMATE INFORMATION

Federal information
DONALD FRANCIS DUBRAY
Register Number: 01919-046
Age: 52
Race: American Indian
Sex: Male
Released On: 07/25/2014

Montana information

DonaldDuBray prison mug

DOC ID# 44635
NAME: DONALD FRANCIS DUBRAY
CURRENT STATUS: INMATE
LAST STATUS CHANGE: Thursday, September 04, 2014
GENDER: Male
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF: Tuesday, December 23, 2014
PRISON:
MONTANA STATE PRISON
700 Conley Lake Drive
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
(406) 846-1320

PHYSICAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Green
HEIGHT: 5 FT 10 IN
WEIGHT: 180 lbs
BUILD: MEDIUM RACE: NATIVE AMERICAN
SKIN TONE: LIGHT
L/R HANDED: L YEAR OF BIRTH: 1962
BIRTH PLACE: Montana
CITIZENSHIP: United States
MT RESIDENT: Y
AKAs
DONNY DUBRAY,
DONNIE DUBRAY,
DON DUBRAY,
DON DUBUEY,
DONALD F DUBRAY,
DONALD FRANCES DUBRAY,
ROBERT D DUBRAY,
JOHN ADOLF MARTINEZ

LEGAL RECORD

DOCKET: CDC-98-019
COUNTY: CASCADE COUNTY
JUDGE: NEILL
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON OFFENSE: Theft
CODE: 456301
OFFENSE DATE: 10/7/1986
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 4/15/1999
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 120

DOCKET: CDC-98-019
COUNTY: CASCADE COUNTY
JUDGE: NEILL
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: LIFE OFFENSE: Deliberate Homicide
CODE: 455102
OFFENSE DATE: 10/7/1986
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 4/15/1999
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 1800

DOCKET: CDC-98-019
COUNTY: CASCADE COUNTY
JUDGE: NEILL
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON OFFENSE: Robbery
CODE: 455401
OFFENSE DATE: 10/7/1986
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 4/15/1999
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 480

Deadly Neighbors: Mark Bolton Ames killed neighbor, Harold “Cappy” Gordon; Sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 20 of that suspended

Feud Ends In Fatality In Marion
Former Nevada County resident ‘Cappy’ Gordon killed in Montana
Marion man charged with deliberate homicide
Marion man charged with homicide, was in ongoing dispute with victim
Man pleads not guilty in Marion killing
Man Denies Murder Charge in Marion Shooting
Judge Denies Marion Man’s Motion to Withdraw Murder Plea
Man gets 20 years for killing his neighbor
Marion Man Sentenced to Prison for Murdering Neighbor

Movies/Documentaries
Fear Thy Neighbor: Deadly Duplex

INMATE INFORMATION

DOC ID# 3015884
NAME: Mark Bolton Ames
CURRENT STATUS: INMATE
LAST STATUS CHANGE: Friday, December 15, 2017
GENDER: Male
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF: Saturday, June 09, 2018
PRISON:
MONTANA STATE PRISON
400 Conley Lake Drive
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
(406) 846-1320

PHYSICAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 6 FT 1 IN
WEIGHT: 280 lbs
BUILD: Stocky RACE: White
SKIN TONE: Light
L/R HANDED: RIGHT YEAR OF BIRTH: 1961
BIRTH PLACE: Unknown
CITIZENSHIP: United States
MT RESIDENT: Y

AKAs
None

SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS AND OTHER PHYSICAL CONDITIONS
TYPE:

DESCRIPTION:
Scars Arm, Left Upper 1/2″ CIRCULAR SURGICAL

LEGAL RECORD
DOCKET: DC-14-034C
COUNTY: Flathead
JUDGE: Ulbricht
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: MSP/MWP Partial Suspended
OFFENSE: Mitigated Deliberate Homicide
CODE: 455103
OFFENSE DATE: 1/12/2014
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 5/11/2015
SENTENCE (MONTHS): 480

Christopher Ray Hackerott murder 6/30/2017 Billings, MT *Jason Allen Badger charged with the 6-month-old’s murder*


Christopher Ray Hackerott

Christopher Ray Hackerott obituary
Man arrested in infant death to face deliberate homicide charge
Billings man charged with murder of infant boy
Billings Man Charged with Infant’s Murder


Jason Allen Badger

Crow Indian Reservation Rampage: 3 people killed and 2 wounded – why? Yes, drugs and gang activity, of course

Victims
Leslie Frank Nomee Jr., 27
Denise Stewart Nomee, 25
Nehemiah Brokenrope, 30

3 killed, 2 injured in shootings on Montana Indian reservation
3 killed in Lodge Grass shooting identified
Crow Nation fatal shooting victims identified
Emergency Curfew after shooting on Crow Indian Reservation
Fire Engulfs House Where 3 Killed on Crow Indian Reservation
Video shows flames tear through Lodge Grass home where 3 were murdered
Crow Tribe Chairman: Meth fueled deadly shooting in Lodge Grass
Roderick Plentyhawk Named as Suspect in Crow Nation Triple Murder
Suspect in Lodge Grass triple murder identified in BOLO Alert


Roderick Plentyhawk

Deadly Neighbors: Joseph Campbell shot and killed Tim Newman over property boundaries; Sentenced to 20 years in prison


Tim Newman

Tim Newman obituary
Murder trial of Joseph Campbell gets underway in Helena
Testimony continues in Joseph Campbell murder trial
Campbell Trial: Jury presented physical evidence
Mistrial declared in Campbell homicide trial
State to re-try Augusta-area man in neighbor’s death
Joseph Campbell pleads no contest in the shooting death of Tim Newman
Joseph Campbell pleads no contest in the shooting death of Tim Newman
Campbell pleads no contest to negligent homicide
Widow of slain man continues civil suit against Joseph Campbell
Tim Newman’s Wife Settled Lawsuit With Joe Campbell, Wife Tani
Newman murder and Campbell trial will be featured on “Dateline”
TV show to look at Augusta area shooting death over public access

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: The Feud
Fear Thy Neighbor: Mountain of Madness


Joseph Campbell

Psycho For Love: Chris Hansen killed his wife, Nanette, and tried to make it look like she was kicked by a horse; Got his son, Scott to help, too; Both sentenced to 60 years in prison

Death Plot Laughed Off Montana Neighbors Share Grief, Guilt After Abused Woman Found Dead In Her Corral
State of Montana v Scott Michael Abe 1998 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Court upholds barnyard murder conviction
State of Montana v Chris Leonarad Hansen 1999 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
DeBorgia murderer dies in state prison
Inmate found dead in state prison
Man who killed stepmother to be paroled from prison

Defendants
Chris Hansen – convicted, sentenced to 60 years in prison, died after 5 years
Scott Michael Abe – convicted, sentenced to 60 years in prison, parole in 2/2017

INMATE INFORMATION

Deadly Duo: ‘Mountain Men’ Don and Dan Nichols kidnapped Kari Swenson, to be a wife for Dan, and killed her friend, Alan Goldstein

remember-the-victims

kari-swenson

Victims
Kari Swenson, 23
Alan Goldstein, 36 (no picture)

**Update** Don Nichols was apparently granted parole in April, but I could not find a release date. He is still in prison. **Update 8/23/2017** Don Nichols was released on parole today.

Find-A-Grave: Alan L Goldstein
Mountain men’s trial opens in kidnapping-murder case
Mountain Logic: Kidnap A Bride, Keep A Son
Mountain Man, 20, Guilty Of Kidnapping
Mountainman gets 85 years in murder-kidnap case
Kidnap Victim Decries Myth of Mountain Men
The ‘Victims’ story
Twenty years after the murder, kidnapping near Big Sky
‘Mountain men’ kidnap-murder captured world’s attention
Kidnapping victim Kari Swenson: ‘Mountain man’ Nichols still a threat
Board denies parole for Nichols
Wikipedia: Kari Swenson
“Mountain man” Don Nichols granted parole in 1984 murder, kidnapping
Don Nichols, convicted killer and kidnapper, granted parole
‘Mountain man’ who kidnapped runner in 1984 as a bride for his teen son and then killed her would-be rescuer is released on parole after serving 32 years in prison

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4818532/Self-described-mountain-man-1984-killing-released.html#ixzz4qhC7PVPq
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Books
Victims: The Kari Swenson Story

Movies/Documentaries
The Abduction of Kari Swenson
Your Worst Nightmare: Into The Wild

Defendants
Donald Nichols – convicted, sentenced to 85 years in prison; denied parole
Daniel Nichols – convicted, served 6 years in prison, released on parole in 1991

dan-nichols
Dan Nichols

INMATE INFORMATION

donald-nichols-prison-mug

DOC ID# 23297
NAME: Donald Boone Nichols
CURRENT STATUS: INMATE
LAST STATUS CHANGE: Wednesday, April 29, 2009
GENDER: Male
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF: Saturday, February 11, 2017
PRISON:
MONTANA STATE PRISON
700 Conley Lake Drive
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
(406) 846-1320

PHYSICAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Hazel
HEIGHT: 6 FT 1 IN
WEIGHT: 150 lbs
BUILD: Slender
RACE: White
SKIN TONE: Light
L/R HANDED: LEFT
YEAR OF BIRTH: 1931
BIRTH PLACE: Unknown
CITIZENSHIP: United States
MT RESIDENT: Y

AKAs
None

SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS AND OTHER PHYSICAL CONDITIONS
TYPE: Scars Abdomen
DESCRIPTION:

LEGAL RECORD
DOCKET: 1066
COUNTY: MADISON COUNTY
JUDGE: DAVIS
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON OFFENSE: Committed w/Dangerous Weapon
CODE: 4618221
OFFENSE DATE: 7/16/1984
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 9/27/1985
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 120

DOCKET: 1066
COUNTY: MADISON COUNTY
JUDGE: DAVIS
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON OFFENSE: Deliberate Homicide
CODE: 455102
OFFENSE DATE: 7/16/1984
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 9/27/1985
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 900

DOCKET: 1066
COUNTY: MADISON COUNTY
JUDGE: DAVIS
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON OFFENSE: Aggravated Assault Felony Assault
CODE: 455202
OFFENSE DATE: 7/16/1984
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 9/27/1985
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 240

DOCKET: 1066
COUNTY: MADISON COUNTY
JUDGE: DAVIS
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON OFFENSE: Kidnapping
CODE: 455302
OFFENSE DATE: 7/16/1984
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 9/27/1985
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 120 Home Try the Demo

Psycho For Love: Brian Laird killed his wife, Kathryn, and threw her body in the Bighorn River; Sentenced to 100 years in prison

dv awareness

kathryn-laird
Kathryn Laird

In Memory of Kathryn Little Laird
Bryan and Kathryn Laird stories
Witnesses called at murder trial of former Billings attorney
Brian Laird found guilty of wife’s 1999 murder
Ex-attorney Gets 100-year Sentence in 1999 Killing of Wife
MT – Kathryn Laird, 28, found murdered, Fort Smith, 31 July 1999
Brian David Laird Gets 100 Years in 1999 MT Murder of Kathryn Laird
Cold-case murder of Kathryn Laird in Montana will be featured on “Dateline”
‘Dateline’ looks at Montana murder

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: The Reckoning

INMATE INFORMATION

brian-laird

DOC ID# 3018598
NAME: Brian David Laird
CURRENT STATUS: INMATE
LAST STATUS CHANGE: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
GENDER: Male
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF: Saturday, January 14, 2017
PRISON:
MONTANA STATE PRISON
700 Conley Lake Drive
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
(406) 846-1320

PHYSICAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS
HAIR COLOR: Blonde
EYE COLOR: Green
HEIGHT: 5 FT 8 IN
WEIGHT: 185 lbs
BUILD: Medium RACE: White
SKIN TONE: Light
L/R HANDED: LEFT YEAR OF BIRTH: 1968
BIRTH PLACE: Unknown
CITIZENSHIP: United States
MT RESIDENT: N

AKAs
BRIAN LAIRD
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS AND OTHER PHYSICAL CONDITIONS
TYPE: Tattoos Calf, Right
DESCRIPTION: FISH GRATEFUL DEAD SYMBOL FILLER

LEGAL RECORD
DOCKET: DC 14-68
COUNTY: BIG HORN COUNTY
JUDGE: HAYWORTH
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON OFFENSE: Deliberate Homicide
CODE: 455102
OFFENSE DATE: 7/13/1999
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 6/10/2016
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 1200

Kimberly Nees murder 6/16/1979 Poplar, MT *Barry Allan Beach convicted, sentenced to LWOP; Sentence commuted to time served in 2015

kimberly-nees
Kimberly Nees

Find-A-Grave: Kimberly Ann Nees
Questions loom about 1979 murder as clemency hearing nears for Barry Beach
Gov. Bullock grants clemency to Barry Beach
Kimberly Nees’ cousin decries Beach’s release
Wikipedia: Barry Beach
Poplar: Who Killed Kim?
DOC director requesting legal advice in Barry Beach investigation
Temporary protection order filed against Barry Beach
Barry Beach won’t face charges in sexual propositioning case
Barry Beach Hearing Set After Latest Beach Arrest
Beach’s boundaries expanded
Man Involved in Barry Beach Drama Tells His Devastating Effect
Girls theory persists in Poplar murder case
An Outrage to All
Free Barry Beach / Justice for Kim Nees

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: ‘Return to Poplar River’
Suspicion: Murder in Montana

barry-beach-prison-mug
Barry Beach

Boyfriends From Hell: Convicted sex offender Marc Allen Palmer charged with smothering his girlfriend’s 5-month-old baby, Brayden Beal

stand up for children

Convicted child rapist held on $500,000 bond on charges he smothered an infant in Missoula
25-year-old Missoula man charged with killing infant
Missoula man charged with homicide in baby’s suffocation
Missoula Man Charged With Deliberate Homicide For Allegedly Smothering Infant – Held on $500,000 Bond
Man arrested for infant’s death
Missoula man charged with homicide in baby’s suffocation
Sex Offender Registry: Palmer, Marc Allen

INMATE INFORMATION

Marc Allen Palmer

PALMER, MARC ALLEN
Age: 25
Booking ID: 2016-00003425
Booked: 7/6/2016 10:11:46 AM
MANS#: 3201G1602440

List of Charges followed by Court Appearances

Charge(s): 2 Homicide, Deliberate
Crime Type: Felony
Arresting Agency/Officer: MPD/Trowbridge, Kurt
Bond/CFS: $500,000
Cash/Surety: Cash/Surety
Court Appearance(s)
To Appear in: Justice on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 02:30PM

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