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Man released from jail after pleading guilty
Randy Lee Harvey, 42, appeared before District Judge Susan Watters and pleaded guilty to several charges related to two incidents.

A transient with a long criminal history was released from the county jail Thursday after spending three months in custody on robbery and theft charges.

Randy Lee Harvey, 42, appeared before District Judge Susan Watters and pleaded guilty to several charges related to two incidents.

In exchange for his guilty pleas, prosecutors reduced the felony robbery charge to a misdemeanor assault, agreed to dismiss other charges and recommended that Harvey receive a suspended sentence on the other charges.

Harvey was charged with robbery Sept. 26, accused of

taking a sack lunch from a

man walking in a downtown alley.

During the incident, Harvey grabbed the man's shirt.

Harvey was released without bond after his arraignment, but he was arrested again Oct. 12 when a Montana Highway Patrol trooper found a pickup truck stuck in the snow off Interstate 90 in Billings.

Harvey smelled of alcohol and had a bottle of alcohol with him in the truck that had been reported stolen earlier that day in Billings.

Harvey was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor counts of DUI, obstructing, disorderly conduct, having an open alcohol container, criminal contempt and driving with a suspended license.

On Thursday, Harvey pleaded guilty to the felony charge and the misdemeanor counts of DUI and driving with a suspended license.

Prosecutors will recommend that Harvey receive a three-year suspended sentence for the felony charge and concurrent sentences of six months on each of the misdemeanors.

He is to be sentenced March 26.

Watters ordered him released from jail without bond while awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors said at Harvey's arraignment that he is a transient with four previous felony and 17 misdemeanor convictions in several states.

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