By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2020

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man has pleaded no contest after he and one other were accused of decapitating another man in 2017, authorities said.

Donald Ray Cherry, 34, changed his plea Monday in Yellowstone County District Court to deliberate homicide under a deal that dismissed charges of witness tampering, evidence tampering and intimidation, The Billings Gazette reported.

Cherry and his co-defendant Jeffery Glen Haverty were accused of killing Myron Wesley Knight in October 2017 at a transient campsite on in the West End neighborhood of Billings, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Cherry acknowledged he and Haverty had robbed Knight and caused his death after they met him at the Montana Lil’s Casino the same night. Knight had asked casino staff to hold $120 in winnings.

Trial for Cherry was scheduled for Sept. 28, but was canceled.

Both parties are expected to recommend 65 years in prison for Cherry. District Judge Gregory Todd sentenced Haverty to 50 years in prison in February.

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