Former Butte justice pleads guilty to felony drug charges

Former Butte justice pleads guilty to felony drug charges

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BUTTE — A former Butte justice of the peace pleaded guilty Wednesday to “doctor shopping” for prescription pain medication while he served in office.

Bob Lee, 67, of Butte pleaded guilty to two felony counts of fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs by common scheme. He entered the change of plea in Anaconda District Court before Judge Ray Dayton.

Dayton ordered a pre-sentence investigation and allowed Lee to remain free on special court conditions.

Lee was charged earlier this year with alternating between physicians in Anaconda, Whitehall and Butte without their knowledge to get prescriptions for methadone. He was initially charged with 12 counts in Anaconda-Deer Lodge County and another 22 in Jefferson County.

Under Wednesday’s plea agreement, the prosecution is recommending that Lee receive a three-year deferred sentence. This means Lee could avoid incarceration if he stays out of legal trouble during the duration of the deferred setence.

The judge is not bound by the plea agreement and can order a different sentence.

Lee and his attorney, Cliff Edwards, of Billings, declined to comment after the hearing.

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