Hitchhiker sentenced in Montana shooting hoax
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.