- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A 19-year-old Butte man has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the Halloween 2013 crash that killed a passenger.

The Montana Standard reports (http://bit.ly/1EuHQLo ) Cody John Richards entered his plea Thursday during a hearing before District Judge Kurt Krueger.

Defense attorney Greg Jackson said Richards had been drinking and was unable to control his vehicle as he tried to negotiate a curve on icy roads. The Montana Highway Patrol found Richards was driving too fast for road conditions when his vehicle went off a county road and down a steep embankment, killing 19-year-old Kiel Podgorski.

A sentencing date has not been set. Negligent homicide carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

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Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com

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