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Idaho man pleads guilty distributing meth resulting in death

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. – A 40-year-old Idaho man has pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine resulting in the overdose death of a Montana man last year.

Thomas Joseph Wehner Jr., of Moyie Springs, Idaho, entered his plea Monday in federal court in Great Falls. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris scheduled his sentencing for Nov. 16 and ordered Wehner taken into custody.

Wehner initially faced state drug charges in the Oct. 1 death of Edward Hyatt, but a federal indictment was handed down in February. Wehner also was indicted on other drug and firearms charges, but those will be dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Prosecutors say Wehner fled Great Falls after Hyatt’s death and was arrested in Hobson. Court records say he acknowledged providing meth to Hyatt and that he had intended to provide him some to sell.

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