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Saturday, May 17, 2003

Man denies firearms charge A Livingston man Friday pleaded not guilty to a federal indictment charging him with possessing a firearm while unlawfully using drugs.

Frank Joseph Lewis, 31, appeared on a summons before U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull. The indictment alleges that last Oct. 19 in Livingston, Lewis had a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol while being an unlawful drug user and addict.

If convicted, the maximum potential sentence is up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Cebull released Lewis to the custody of his mother pending trial. The case will be heard by Cebull.

Man pleads guilty to meth charge A Billings man accused of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge.

Clark Allard, 32, admitted that he conspired with two others to distribute 50 grams or more of meth on Jan. 15 in Billings. A second distribution count is expected to be dismissed at his sentencing Aug. 13. He faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years up to a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine.

U.S. Attorney Ed Laws said undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agents working with a co-conspirator bought 2 ounces of meth from Allard.

U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull ordered Allard into custody until sentencing.

Man in ICU after stabbing A 39-year-old man is in intensive care after being stabbed in the lower chest Friday afternoon.

The unidentified man, who told police he is a transient, was in critical condition at Deaconess Billings Clinic Friday night, Billings Police Sgt. Mark Kirkpatrick said.

Police were called to a stabbing at 309 Monroe St. about 3:30 p.m. They found the victim on a couch in the house. He was coherent and able to speak, Kirkpatrick said. The man did not provide details about who stabbed him or where the incident occurred.

Man admits to weapons charge William Thomas Fischer, 43, of Billings, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to charges of possessing a firearm while being an illegal drug user.

Fischer admitted he possessed a 9mm semiautomatic rifle on Feb. 12, 2002, in Billings while unlawfully using drugs. Two other counts in an indictment are expected to be dismissed at sentencing on Aug. 13.

Fischer is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull ordered Fischer returned to custody until sentencing.