The sentencing hearing for Jacob Larson has been set. It will take place Tuesday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse.
Larson, 34, of Kensington stood trial for the beating of Steven “Beaver” Hlinsky outside the Muddy Boot bar in Forada in May 2018. Hlinsky died eight days later, on May 13.
On Wednesday, Jan. 15, a 12-member jury found Larson guilty of first-degree manslaughter, and aiding and abetting first-degree manslaughter, both felony-level charges. He was also found guilty of fifth-degree assault, and aiding and abetting fifth-degree assault, both misdemeanors.
Larson was found not guilty of two counts – second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
He is currently in the Douglas County Jail and will remain there until the sentencing hearing.
Troy Traut, a co-defendant in the case, was originally charged with the same six offenses as Larson was charged with. However, on June 6, 2019, in Douglas County District Court, Traut pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor fifth-degree assault charge.
As part of the deal that was reached, Traut testified against Larson and the other five charges against Traut were dropped. Because Traut took the plea agreement, he was able to post bail and is not currently in jail.
Traut’s sentencing is set for the same day, May 5, but will take place at 2:30 p.m., an hour after Larson’s.
Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson, the prosecuting attorney at Larson’s trial, said that court administration schedules hearing dates and that due to the high number of pending cases, hearings are typically scheduled months out.
“This is why the Larson and Traut sentencing hearings are in May,” Larson said.
The newspaper has made several attempts to contact Todd Peterson, the defense attorney, but has not received a response.