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Man charged for hostage incident in Butte has been sentenced

Dane Anthony Gibson
Posted at 10:55 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 13:38:53-05

BUTTE — Dane Anthony Gibson, charged for a hostage standoff on a bus in Butte in January 2019, was sentenced in District Court on Wednesday.

Gibson, 52 years old, faced felony charges of aggravated kidnapping and assault with a weapon in connection with the standoff at the bus transfer station in Butte.

A passenger was held at gunpoint for several hours. The standoff ended when officers threw tear gas in the Jefferson Lines bus.

Judge Kurt Krueger sentenced Gibson to 20 years (with 10 of the years suspended) in the custody of the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services.

On April 25, 2019, Gibson entered a plea of not guilty. His trial was then delayed after the court ordered a mental evaluation.

(FEBRUARY 1, 2019) The man arrested in Wednesday’s Butte bus standoff and hostage situation was charged today in Butte Justice Court.

Dane Anthony Gibson, 52, of Spokane, Wash., was charged with felony aggravated kidnapping and felony assault with a weapon.

The charges come after Gibson held another man hostage at gunpoint for several hours inside a passenger bus at the Butte Transfer Station.

He surrendered to police later that evening.

“The defendant Dane Anthony Gibson purposely or knowingly caused initials DB, an adult male, reasonable apprehension, serious bodily injury by the use of a weapon by pointing a pistol at him,” said Butte Justice Jimm Kilmer during the hearing.

Kilmer set Gibson’s bond at $100,000 and ordered him back to jail.