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Men who carjacked Washington family to be sentenced in February

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MISSOULA, Mont. – Two men who robbed a Missoula convenience store, carjacked a family from Washington and shot at police during s pursuit are scheduled to be sentenced in February.

The Missoulian reported that Thomas Earl Dempsey and Nick West in November pleaded guilty to some of their charges and have since reached plea agreements with federal prosecutors. They are scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 9.

West and Dempsey were arrested May 27 after robbing a Missoula gas station, stealing a car with a family still inside and holding them hostage, and leading police on a pursuit.

Both men pleaded guilty to conspiracy, carjacking and using a firearm during a crime. Dempsey also pleaded guilty to kidnapping.

West’s plea agreement called for 180 months in prison. Dempsey’s does not have a recommendation.

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