- Associated Press - Friday, December 8, 2017

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A southwestern Montana judge rejected a plea agreement that recommended a mostly suspended sentence for a hit-and-run crash in Butte, saying driver is addicted to drugs and has spent a lot of time in the criminal justice system.

The Montana Standard reports District Judge Brad Newman sentenced Dakota McClanahan Thursday to 10 years for felony criminal endangerment.

The plea agreement recommended McClanahan complete a six-month boot camp program and a year of intense supervision, with the possibility of having the rest of the sentence suspended. However, the Legislature ended the boot camp program and Newman rejected a recommendation that the Anaconda man be sentenced to a separate young offender program.

Prosecutors said McClanahan was high on meth and marijuana during the August 2016 crash that injured postal worker Cory Steele.

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


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