When he was confronted on June 14 while at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Miles City, Dolin told officials that he made up details including the description of the truck driven by his supposed assailant. But he maintained that the photographic project on kindness was real and said he "wanted to die when he found out someone else had been arrested for shooting him," according to court documents.
Valley County Attorney Nickolas Murnion said Monday that motivation was not addressed in the plea agreement.
"We don't have to get into motivation on a plea deal. If I was in front of a jury I might have an opinion, but I don't at this point," Murnion said. "Whatever his version is, he did agree that he basically threw the gun away and withheld that information from authorities and in fact concealed it."
Murnion said the $5,583 in restitution was to cover overtime and mileage incurred by investigators.
Dolin declined comment when reached by the AP by telephone Monday.
Judge McKeon does not have to accept the plea deal, which was signed in September and is far more lenient than the 10 years in prison and $50,000 fine possible with the most serious charge of evidence tampering.
Murnion said the reduced penalties detailed in the agreement were fair, and reflected in part Dolin's cooperation with authorities since he first admitted to making up the drive-by shooting.