'Mountain man' Nichols pleads guilty to federal marijuana charge

2012-10-04T11:37:00Z 2013-01-17T10:41:04Z 'Mountain man' Nichols pleads guilty to federal marijuana chargeBy GWEN FLORIO Missoulian The Billings Gazette
October 04, 2012 11:37 am  • 

MISSOULA — One-time “mountain man” Dan Nichols pleaded guilty in federal court in Missoula on Thursday to a single conspiracy charge resulting from raids at medical marijuana businesses around Montana in 2011.

Nichols' plea to conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises came by way of an agreement with prosecutors, who originally filed nine charges.

Nichols and his father, Don, gained notoriety in the 1980s after kidnapping a biathlete in southwestern Montana to be Dan Nichols' mountain bride and keeping her chained to a tree. Dan Nichols, now 47, was released from prison in 1991 in that case.

Now he could be facing up to 20 more years, although prosecutors agreed to recommend a lighter sentence.

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