'Mountain man' Nichols gets 4 years on drug charge

2013-01-17T10:27:00Z 2013-01-17T19:43:05Z 'Mountain man' Nichols gets 4 years on drug chargeBy GWEN FLORIO Missoulian The Billings Gazette
January 17, 2013 10:27 am  • 

MISSOULA — A man who gained infamy when he and his father kidnapped an elite athlete in the 1980s was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison and three years of supervised probation for a federal drug case.

Dan Nichols pleaded guilty in October in U.S. District Court in Missoula to conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises.

Nichols was a security guard for the Montana Cannabis growing operation that was among several medical marijuana businesses targeted by federal raids in 2011.

Nichols and his father, Don, were termed "mountain men" after they kidnapped Kari Swenson while she was on a training run near Big Sky in 1984. The two lived in backwoods camps, and Don Nichols thought his son needed a wife.

Don Nichols shot and killed a man who tried to rescue Swenson, and Dan Nichols wounded Swenson during the same rescue attempt.

Don Nichols is serving a 85-year prison sentence in that case. His son was released in 1991.

Copyright 2015 The Billings Gazette. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More from the Gazette

Taxing and spending: How much money is coming in and how will it be spent

Taxing and spending: How much money is coming in and how will it be spent

2 hours ago Photos

Photos

Loading…
Helena man sentenced to 50 years for 11th drunk-driving offense

Helena man sentenced to 50 years for 11th drunk-driving offense

9 hours agoLoading…
Missoula native Darian Stevens seeking X Games medal

Missoula native Darian Stevens seeking X Games medal

10 hours agoLoading…

House committee advances income tax cut bills

January 23, 2015 6:15 pmLoading…
Plan would help small business pay for health insurance

Plan would help small business pay for health insurance

January 23, 2015 3:38 pmLoading…
Supporters rally as lawmakers weigh preschool plan

Supporters rally as lawmakers weigh preschool plan

January 23, 2015 1:23 pm Photos

Photos

Loading…
Lawmaker seeks to up penalty for abuse of pregnant women

Lawmaker seeks to up penalty for abuse of pregnant women

January 23, 2015 12:35 pmLoading…

Whitefish man pleads no contest to felony arson

January 23, 2015 11:41 amLoading…
Browning man accused of killing 3 grizzlies must pay $30K

Browning man accused of killing 3 grizzlies must pay $30K

January 23, 2015 11:16 amLoading…
Snow is dirtier in oil country

Snow is dirtier in oil country

January 23, 2015 10:36 amLoading…
North Dakota woman rises above fat-shaming comments

North Dakota woman rises above fat-shaming comments

January 23, 2015 10:33 amLoading…

Follow The Billings Gazette

Popular Stories

Get weekly ads via e-mail

Deals & Offers

Featured Businesses