Main Street, Hamilton, Mont. (hamiltonmontana.com)
At the start of his freshman year, Scott Kimball moves to Hamilton, Mont., to live with his father and younger brother, Brett.
He attends Hamilton High School, in the town of 4,000 people an hour south of Missoula, but drops out as a senior.
(Date is approximate.)
Kimball, 1988. (Courtesy of Boulder County DA's Office)
Scott Kimball lands his first felony conviction at age 21, after passing $1,139 in bad checks at motels in Beaverhead County, Mont.
His three-year prison sentence is deferred, meaning it will be dropped if he stays out of trouble.
Scott Kimball gets his second felony, for passing a bad check in Missoula County, Mont.
He is given a two-year deferred prison sentence. Because the crime occurred in a different jurisdiction, it never triggers the deferred sentence Kimball had been given for his first felony just a few months earlier.
A Montana judge revokes Scott Kimball’s two-year suspended sentence in the 1988 Missoula County bad-check case.
He is given a new suspended sentence, this time for 10 years.
Two days later, a judge revokes Kimball’s sentence in the 1988 Beaverhead County case, as well. The new, five-year sentence is also suspended.
Scott Kimball marries his second wife, Larissa Hentz.
Kimball had been married briefly once before, but few details of that union are available.
Kimball and Hentz met in Hamilton, Mont., in 1988. They moved in the early ’90s to Spokane, Wash., where Kimball got into the timber business.
(Date is approximate.)
Scott Kimball starts a 27-day stint in Missoula County Jail, for reasons unclear.
Larissa Hentz calls police in Spokane, Wash., to report that Scott Kimball, her ex-husband, kidnapped her at gunpoint, raped her and forced her to drive to Montana with him and their sons.
Several witnesses, however, say nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary, and police do not pursue a rape case for lack of evidence.
The couple had continued seeing each other after their divorce, and Kimball tells police his ex probably made the complaint because he wanted to end the relationship.
Hentz tells a detective that if Kimball took a lie-detector test he would pass, because “he knows how to beat those things,” according to a police report.
Excerpt from the Spokane police report.
Scott Kimball lands back in Montana’s Missoula County Jail, this time for violating terms of his probation regarding travel, conduct and reporting.
He remains in the jail until April 18, 2000, when he is sent to prison.
Kimball's Montana mugshot. (Courtesy of Boulder County DA's Office)
Scott Kimball is sentenced to 10 years in Montana State Prison for violating his probation on the 1988 Missoula County conviction of issuing bad checks.
Five years of the sentence are suspended.
A judge writes that Kimball has been given three opportunities for rehabilitation since 1988, failing each time.
“The Defendant is impossible to supervise in a community setting,” District Judge John S. Henson writes.
He goes on to quote Kimball’s probation officer: “You’re irresponsible, untruthful and simply do what you want to do regardless of the rules and conditions imposed by this Court.”
Read the judge’s ruling against Kimball. (PDF)
Scott Kimball, 34, in the middle of his Montana prison term, is convicted of three felony counts of forgery stemming from an October 1999 case in Spokane County, Wash. He had been charged with the crime just a few days earlier.
Kimball is sentenced to eight months in jail.
After being moved to a pre-release prison camp in Helena, Mont., Kimball worked as a cashier at an EZ Stop gas station, reporting back to the center at the end of each shift.
While working at the station alone on July 29, 2001, he steals $677 and hits the road in a stolen work truck.
Authorities in Montana’s Lewis & Clark County issue a warrant for his arrest on felony escape charges.
Leo Gallagher, the county attorney there, would repeatedly push for Kimball’s arrest on the escape charge, but the FBI consistently asks for delayed hearings.
Read the police report for Kimball’s escape/theft. (PDF)
Scott Kimball uses his uncle Terry Kimball’s credit cards at a hotel and gas station in Helena, Mont.
He will use them again Sept. 25-27 for a hotel and rental car in Alaska.
When investigators discover the usage years later, they talk to Lori McLeod, who says she accompanied her husband on both trips, but hadn’t seen Terry Kimball for weeks.
Scott Kimball pleads guilty to one count of theft and escape in his 2001 case from Helena, Mont. Prosecutors drop one count of theft in exchange.
Kimball remains out of prison pending sentencing.
Scott Kimball is sentenced to three years in prison for escaping from a pre-release center in Helena, Mont., in 2001 and stealing $677 from the gas station where he worked.
The prison sentence is suspended, and Kimball goes free on supervised release.
Still in jail after his California car chase, Scott Kimball’s suspended sentence in his 2001 Montana theft and escape case is revoked and he is ordered to serve his remaining time — nearly two years — behind bars.
Kimball's Montana Department of Corrections mug.
Scott Kimball is interviewed by FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing and Lafayette police detective Gary Thatcher at the Cascade County Detention Facility in Great Falls, Mont.
Asked about the disappearances of Jennifer Marcum, Kaysi McLeod and Terry Kimball, he offers to provide information about Jennifer and his uncle if given immunity for his white-collar crimes. Kaysi, he tells the investigators, is still alive.
During the six-hour interview, Kimball makes statements like: “I can’t incriminate myself any further” and “I wish I could be honest with you.”