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.