BONDSMAN NABS REED IN BILLINGS

Keriann Ruth Reed was apprehended in Billings shortly after noon Dec. 31 by Moonlighting Bail Bonds based on reports that she was unstable and had no intent of appearing for her sentencing, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12.

The 26-year-old previously pleaded guilty to a felony criminal endangerment charge for driving a vehicle at Sweet Grass County Sheriff Dan Tronrud in August. 

Reed and Ryan Stephen Barnhart, 25, lead deputies on a manhunt throughout Sweet Grass County following alleged burglaries in the Rapelje-Molt area. 

Reed was first arrested in August and subsequently released on her own recognizance. After failing to comply with her conditions of release, she was arrested a second time and transported to Gallatin County Detention Facility where she was held on a $50,000 bond. Reed then posted bond Nov. 13 through Moonlighting Bail Bonds, based in Kalispell. 

Moonlighting Bail Bonds owner Charles Pesola said a gentlemen, whom he preferred not to name, posted a portion of the fee necessary to bail Reed out of jail.

Bail bonds companies charge a fee for their services, which is commonly 10 percent of the total bond amount. If the defendant fails to appear for their court appearance, the bondsman is then held liable for the full amount, which in this case equates to $50,000.  

Pesola said the man represented himself as Reed’s boyfriend, although whether that was true remains uncertain. 

“We actually didn’t get paid the entirety of it — they skipped out on us, so there’s still a balance owed there,” Pesola said.

To learn more about how Reed was apprehended and next step in the case,  pick up the Jan. 7 edition of the Big Timber Pioneer or subscribe to our E-edition. Current subscribers are provided complimentary access to the e-edition with registration.

By Mackenzie Reiss / Pioneer Staff Writer 

Photo courtesy of the Yellowstone County Detention Center

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