- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A 43-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a drug charge filed after he caused a meth lab explosion at a Bozeman hotel in June 2015.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (bit.ly/2lGcq3m) Matthew Robert Bendz pleaded guilty Monday to felony criminal production of dangerous drugs. Under a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend that Bendz receive an 8-year suspended sentence and that he take part in treatment court.

His sentencing is set for March 27. Bendz has been jailed since his arrest last August.

Bendz suffered injuries to his arms, face and eyes in the explosion. He was treated in Salt Lake City for his injuries, which included a chemical burn to his face.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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