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June 21, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Man held in Mont. shooting hoax released from jail

The Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Washington state man has been released after spending 13 days in jail following his arrest in a Montana hitchhiker shooting hoax.

Lloyd Christopher Danielson III was released Thursday after pleading guilty to driving under the influence.

The 52-year-old was arrested June 9 after 39-year-old Ray Dolin claimed he had been shot by a motorist while hitchhiking west of Glasgow. Authorities say Dolin later admitted he shot himself. Charges against him are pending.

City Judge Traci Harada in Poplar says she sentenced Danielson to 24 hours in jail and a $650 fine.

Danielson was given credit for time-served and $50 toward each day he spent in jail. That canceled out the fine.

Harada says the sentence was appropriate given the circumstances of the case.

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