Adam Carp

Adam Carp, 29, appears via video in Gallatin County Justice Court.

A Bozeman man accused of raping two women and assaulting one of them pleaded guilty Thursday to lesser offenses.

Adam Carp, 29, pleaded guilty to felony criminal endangerment. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft for stealing a Gallatin County sign.

He appeared in Gallatin County District Court before Judge John Brown.

In May, Carp was charged with assault with a weapon, two counts of sexual intercourse without consent and two counts of tampering with witnesses and informants, all felonies. He was also charged with theft and partner or family member assault, both misdemeanors.

The felony charges could have carried up to a $200,000 fine and up to life in prison. The charges he pleaded guilty to carry up to a $50,500 fine and up 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors will recommend that Carp be committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for six years, with all that time suspended, at his sentencing on Dec. 23. As part of a plea agreement, Carp will request to move out of Montana after his sentencing and has agreed to stay out of the state during his six-year sentence.

The agreement allows Carp to make his own sentencing recommendation and to request a deferred sentence.

Prosecutors will also request that an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms close an investigation into Carp for having a firearm while an order of protection was in place.

This spring, two women reported that Carp raped them in separate instances, according to charging documents.

The first woman told an officer that Carp raped her while a male friend slept on her couch in June 2015, police said in charging documents. The woman told an officer that Carp was abusive toward her between 2014 and 2016.

A second woman reported that Carp assaulted and threatened her multiple times from July 2017 to December 2018, including firing a gun at a wall to threaten her, court documents allege.

Police said in charging documents that the woman detailed other instances when Carp sexually and physically assaulted her, including choking her and almost knocking her unconscious.

The woman told police that in December 2018 Carp threatened to kill her, court documents allege.

During a search of Carp’s home, police said in charging documents, detectives found a Logan Trident Road sign that was stolen in January.

Police said that while he was at the Gallatin County jail, Carp called friends who detectives were questioning for the case. The calls were recorded and showed that Carp told them not to speak with law enforcement before they had a chance to speak with his lawyer, court documents allege.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2630.

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