Arrest warrant issued after 'mountain man' Nichols fails to show for drug trial

'Mountain man' fails to show for drug trial
2012-03-23T07:40:00Z 2012-09-13T15:33:11Z Arrest warrant issued after 'mountain man' Nichols fails to show for drug trialThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 23, 2012 7:40 am  • 

BOZEMAN — Jefferson County officials have an arrest warrant for one of the self-described "mountain men" who abducted a world-class biathlete in Big Sky in 1984.

Undersheriff Mike Johnson says 46-year-old Dan Nichols failed to show up for a pretrial hearing in a drug case. The warrant was issued on March 7.

Nichols was arrested Aug. 13 at a weeklong concert near Three Forks. He pleaded not guilty to two counts each of possession and distribution of dangerous drugs and one count of tampering with evidence.

In 1984, Nichols and his father, Don Nichols, kidnapped Kari Swenson. Don Nichols was sentenced to 75 years in prison for shooting a man who was helping search for Swenson. Swenson survived a bullet wound. Dan Nichols served 10 years for kidnapping.

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