The Montana Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a Helena man who shot and nearly killed his unarmed wife and nanny in 2010.
Jeremy MacGregor raised six issues in his appeal, saying that the district court erred by failing to inquire into his claim of ineffective counsel, didn’t grant him a speedy trial, shouldn’t have allowed evidence of a prior assault on his wife, gave an erroneous jury instruction, improperly imposed parole restrictions and allowed a juror on the panel who shouldn’t have served.
But in a 22-page ruling, the Supreme Court shot down the appeal on every count and affirmed that decision last week. MacGregor remains in the Crossroads Correctional Facility in Shelby, serving two 100-year sentences after being found guilty of two counts of attempted deliberate homicide.
The court noted, in part, that MacGregor acted as his own counsel and it was his own fault that it took so long to bring the matter to court.
MacGregor had repeatedly admitted to the shootings but said he was “spiritually assaulted” at the time by demonic forces after inadvertently eating cookies laced with marijuana. He claimed an unknown woman had brought the cookies to a bowling alley the night of the shooting.