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MT woman charged with homicide of Navy veteran

Person under arrest in handcuffs. (Pixabay/Released)

A 19-year-old Dillon woman has been arrested and charged with deliberate homicide in the death of 49-year-old Larry Coon, a Navy veteran and long-time Dillon resident.

Dillon police responded to a welfare check Saturday at a Dillon residence and found Coon dead. They later contacted the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation “to assist in processing the scene.”

Sandy Moore, 19, of Dillon has been arrested and charged in Beaverhead County Justice Court with deliberate homicide. Christine Vanduinen, 23, and Kerry (also known as Sam) Johnson, 56, both of Dillon, have been arrested and charged with felony obstruction of justice related to the case.

All three have made initial appearances in Justice Court, but the felony cases will be transferred to District Court in Dillon and prosecuted by Beaverhead County attorneys. Arraignments will be set for a later date.

Moore was being held on a $200,000 bond, Vanduinen was jailed with bond set at $200,000 and bond for Johnson was set at $100,000.

Chief Don Guiberson said that Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Alvarez is heading up the investigation, which has impacted the whole community.

“Officers are working around the clock,” Guiberson said, “to make sure the investigation is thorough and professional.”

Police aren’t releasing any details of the alleged crime at this time.


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