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Man placed on probation for pointing gun at tree-trimming workers

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Mark Henry Mccollum

SALMON — A Salmon man will spend two years on probation after tree-trimers say he pointed a gun with a laser sight at them.

Mark Henry Mccollum, 48, was ordered Tuesday to spend two years on probation with a withheld judgment for felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Mccollum pleaded guilty to the charge in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a felony weapons enhancement, which would have increased the possible prison time by 15 years.

In addition to probation, District Judge Stevan Thompson ordered Mccollum to pay $745.50 in fees and fines.

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A withheld judgment means if Mccollum abides by the terms of his probation, it is possible the charge will be removed from his criminal record.

According to court documents obtained by, on April 10, a Salmon Police officer learned of a man pointing a gun at tree-trimmers with Trees LLC. The workers told the officer they got into their truck to fill out paperwork, and one of them noticed a green laser light on the head of a co-worker. He said he looked in the direction the laser came from and saw a man pointing a gun at them from a nearby house.

The officer knocked on the front door of the house, and Mccollum answered the door. The officer asked him if he had any guns in the house to which Mccollum said “just an AR,” according to court documents.

Mccollum admitted to pointing the gun at the tree-trimmers while looking through the scope, police said.

“Mccollum stated that … he was just looking through the scope at workers, and he didn’t have any intent to hurt them,” the report reads.

Police recovered the Colt AR-15 with a green laser sight, scope and fixed bayonet on the wall. Attached to the gun was a magazine containing 20 rounds of .223 ammunition, according to court documents.

Mccollum’s $20,000 bond was also exonerated at the sentencing.