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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...in the 1970s???? wasn't that in the mid 80s?

From the moderator: Great catch. Thanks.

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I guess Dan didn't gain valuable job skills while in MSP.

home stretch
home stretch

We are feeding him again? The past is the past and imprisoning people for cannabis crimes is just plain stupid and a HUGE burden on taxpayers.

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