Montana man accused of attacking opponent for poker losses

Steven J. McEwan, a 25-year-old Bozeman, Montana, man, has been accused of robbing Adam J. Chesterfield in his home after losing money to him at a local poker room, it has been revealed. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the two men had been involved in a heated poker match last Tuesday night at Mixer's, a local establishment.

According to the local newspaper, after several hours of confrontational play with McEwan, Chesterfield won some money and went home. McEwan reportedly followed him, entering his house and demanding the return of the money he lost. When Chesterfield refused, the two men began arguing. It is alleged McEwan threatened to shoot him if he didn't return the money, at which point Chesterfield called for his roommate to bring a shotgun to force McEwan to leave. The two men subsequently became embroiled in a physical fight involving headlocks and punching. McEwan got the better of Chesterfield and managed to retrieve $370 in cash before he left.

McEwan was questioned by police on Thursday and admitted to taking $100 in cash from Chesterfield. He was arrested for robbery and held on bail for $2,000. He appeared in Galatin County Justice Court last Friday to face charges and was ordered by the judge to stay out of bars and casinos, to avoid alcohol and drug consumption, to refrain from contacting Chesterfield, and to stay in Montana.

According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, "If convicted, McEwan faces up to 40 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for robbery. He is expected to enter a plea to the charge in District Court at a future date."

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