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Hitchhiker sentenced in Montana shooting hoax

July 2, 2013

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — A judge has issued a six-month suspended sentence and ordered more than $7,500 in fines and restitution for a hitchhiker who falsely claimed to be the victim of a drive-by shooting along a rural highway while writing a book called “Kindness of America.”

Ray Dolin’s story garnered international attention after the struggling photographer shot himself in the arm last year, then stuck with the drive-by claim even after a man was arrested and jailed.

Prosecutor Nick Murnion says Dolin was apologetic during his sentencing Monday before Judge John McKeon. Dolin had earlier pleaded guilty to a felony count of tampering with evidence and two misdemeanor charges.

Murnion says Dolin must continue receiving mental health treatment as part of his sentencing. He’s now living in Michigan.

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