SIDNEY — Lester Van Waters Jr., 50, apologized to family and friends of Sherry Arnold before being sentenced to 80 years in prison Monday for his role in the Sidney teacher’s death.
A Colorado man who pleaded guilty in the killing of a teacher in the Northern Plains oil patch faces sentencing Dec. 15 in Montana.
SIDNEY — A Colorado man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of a Montana teacher in an oil boom town where residents say their lives were forever altered by the crime.
SIDNEY — A Colorado man is set to plead guilty to killing a popular high school teacher in a slaying that shone a harsh light on the darker side of the Bakken oil boom.
Attorneys for the Montana Department of Justice asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject a Colorado man’s petition to be declared unfit to stand trial in the oil-patch murder of a high school math teacher.
BILLINGS — Prosecutors in eastern Montana asked a state judge Wednesday to deny a defense request to suppress an alleged confession by the suspect in a high-profile murder case.
HELENA — A mentally disabled Colorado man accused of killing a Montana teacher and burying her body is asking the state Supreme Court to reverse a judge's ruling that he is fit to stand trial.
Prosecutors ended their pursuit of the death penalty for a Colorado man who experts said was mentally disabled after he was charged in the killing of a teacher in Montana's oil patch, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
A mentally disabled Colorado man is fit to stand trial in the killing of a Montana teacher who disappeared after going out for a morning jog, according to a Friday ruling from a state judge in a case that has highlighted the social changes brought by an oil boom sweeping the Northern Plains.
Attorneys for a Colorado man charged with killing a Sidney High teacher are asking a judge to declare the defendant incompetent to stand trial.
SIDNEY — One of the men accused of killing an Eastern Montana high school teacher has made a deal with prosecutors that will spare him the death penalty in exchange for his testimony against his co-defendant.
Drought, lightning and bad luck turned the 2012 fire season into Montana’s worst in more than 100 years, making it one of the biggest news stories of the past year.
Lester Van Waters, left, and Michael Keith Spell appear in court in February 2012. They are charged with the murder and kidnapping of Sidney schoolteacher Sherry Arnold.
The suspects in the disappearance and killing of a Sidney teacher have pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted kidnapping.
The suspects in the killing of Eastern Montana teacher Sherry Arnold are due in state court in Sidney on Tuesday to face new murder charges filed by prosecutors who are seeking the death penalty.
A state judge in Glendive has accepted jurisdiction in the aggravated-kidnapping cases against two Colorado men accused of abducting and killing Sidney schoolteacher Sherry Arnold.
HELENA -- Two men suspected of kidnapping a Sidney schoolteacher and burying her body in a shallow grave in North Dakota have asked that a new judge to be assigned to their case.
Sidney isn't the first small town in the West to get run over by a gold rush, in this case black gold — more than 16 million barrels of crude being pumped every month from the massive Bakken oil field beneath eastern Montana and western North Dakota.
SIDNEY — Family and friends of one of the two suspects in a brutal Montana kidnapping described him as an illiterate young father who was eager for work when he fell under the sway of a convicted criminal promising lucrative employment in the Bakken oil fields.
More than five weeks had passed since Michael Spell and Lester Van Waters Jr. were arrested and jailed in the Sherry Arnold case before the charging information was released late Friday afternoon.