BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge says a man accused of killing three people on the Crow Indian Reservation in 2011 is likely to be committed to a psychiatric institution after he was found incompetent to stand trial. A psychologist testified that 25-year-old Sheldon Chase suffers from schizophrenia and depression.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Havre businessman is pleading guilty to charges that he paid kickbacks to Chippewa Cree Tribe officials, including former state legislator Tony Belcourt, in exchange for construction contracts. Shad Huston acknowledged one of his businesses received $120,000 from the tribe in October 2011 for $4,000 worth of road work.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Helena judge has dismissed claims by Montana Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich that the governor and other state officials were conspiring to drive him out of office. Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl alleges that Wittich violated campaign laws by taking illegal corporate contributions.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A former Montana Army National Guard soldier who fled the country to avoid prosecution is pleading guilty to sexual abuse of children and bail jumping. The Independent Record reports Jeffrey Wenzel will be sentenced to eight years in prison under the plea deal. He was arrested in Spain last September.
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