Man who allegedly threatened to kill dispensary employee pleads not guilty – Daily Inter Lake
The man accused of threatening to kill a cannabis dispensary employee unless she gave him marijuana last month entered a not guilty plea in Flathead County District Court on Thursday.
Joel William Vessie, 28, faces a single felony count of robbery following the April 17 holdup. Flathead County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Vessie not long after meeting with the distraught victim, court documents said.
The incident was captured by the Evergreen-based dispensary’s surveillance cameras. Deputies found Vessie, who matched the appearance of the man in the video, near Montana 35 later that same day, court documents said.
Authorities accuse Vessie of walking into the store and asking for one or two buds of marijuana. When the dispensary employee refused him, he allegedly threatened her.
“I have people that can mess you up if you don’t help me out right now,” he allegedly said.
She, in turn, handed over a single joint. Authorities reported recovering an empty marijuana tube on Vessie as they arrested him.
DURING HIS appearance before Judge Heidi Ulbricht this week, Vessie told the court he struggled