BILLING — A 20-year-old Worden man who pleaded guilty to threatening a Ballantine man who asked him to stop chasing a squirrel with a knife is back in jail for a probation violation.
Lance Joseph Topel was given a five-year suspended sentence a year ago after threatening to kill both the squirrel he was chasing and the man who told him to stop.
The Billings Gazette reports Topel’s chance at staying on probation ended after he admitted to using illegal drugs and other violations.
He appeared before Judge Russell Fagg Tuesday to be resentenced. The judge ordered him to serve a new sentence of nearly five years with the state Department of Corrections
Topel apologized to Fagg, saying he began using drugs again after his father’s death.