- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 72-year-old convicted sex offender has pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing methamphetamine.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1xWdkGt ) that Thomas Edmond Van Haele, of Hysham, entered his plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Billings.

The plea agreement calls for prosecutors to recommend concurrent five-year sentences on each count. If U.S. District Judge Susan Watters doesn’t follow the agreement at Van Haele’s Oct. 9 sentencing, he can withdraw his plea and go to trial. He remains jailed.

Prosecutors say Van Haele twice sold meth to an undercover agent in Billings in June 2012. His record includes criminal possession with intent to sell drugs in 1982 and two sex offenses involving a girl in 1992.

His wife, Karen, was sentenced to probation after pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession charge.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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