- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Lincoln man who was convicted in August of growing more than 100 marijuana plants has pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 61-year-old Dennis Peiker also pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. His conviction on two tax fraud charges in 1999 made it illegal for him to possess firearms.

As part of his guilty plea, Peiker agreed to pay nearly $410,000 in back taxes for the 2002 through 2009 tax years and not appeal his conviction in the marijuana case. Federal prosecutors agreed to recommend concurrent sentences.

Peiker’s sentencing in the marijuana case is set for Dec. 3 before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls. U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell scheduled an April 14 sentencing for the tax evasion and firearms matters.

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