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Idaho man pleads guilty in Montana fatal crash

Tue., Oct. 8, 2013, 9:39 a.m.

BUTTE, Mont. — An Idaho man has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the January death of a St. Ignatius woman in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 90 in southwestern Montana.

The Montana Standard reports 42-year-old Christopher M. Kepler of Sandpoint also pleaded guilty on Sept. 6 to two counts of felony criminal endangerment.

Powell County Attorney Lewis Smith says authorities continue to work on a pre-sentence investigation and a sentencing date has not been set.

Prosecutors say Kepler was speeding westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Garrison when his SUV struck a Dodge pickup pulling a horse trailer. The crash killed 57-year-old Patricia Graves and injured her husband, Benjamin Graves.

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