The Montana Supreme Court Tuesday rejected a multiple-part appeal from a Helena man who shot and injured his then-wife and their nanny in 2010.
Jeremy Steven MacGregor, 35, received a pair of 100-year sentences in July 2011 for attempted deliberate homicide after a bizarre trial in which MacGregor represented himself in most matters.
Among other matters, MacGregor’s appeal to the high court alleged juror misconduct because one juror had failed to disclose in questioning that he had been a victim of domestic violence and had also read a newspaper article about the case, and that evidence of an earlier assault on his wife should not have been admitted.
He also claimed ineffective representation by his court-appointed standby counsel, and that his standby lawyer colluded with prosecutors.
He also alleged violations of his right to a speedy trial.
But a unanimous five-judge panel rejected every claim, affirming the rulings of District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock.
In the matter of the tainted juror, Sherlock ruled — and the high court affirmed — that MacGregor could not show the juror was prejudiced.
Sherlock ruled that the juror’s reading of a newspaper story in the Independent Record (“Shooter blamed demonic forces”) had no new information not already divulged in MacGregor’s opening argument, and that MacGregor failed to show any misinformation or bias in the news story. The high court again agreed.
The court also agreed with Sherlock that MacGregor failed to show his standby counsel was unprofessional or otherwise flawed.
MacGregor will not be eligible for parole until 2060 — 50 years from the time of his arrest.
He remains incarcerated at the Crossroads Correctional Center outside Shelby.