Ex-'Mountain Man' gets 4 years on drug charge

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A man who previously served time for kidnapping a world-class biathlete in the 1980s is heading back to prison, this time on a drug charge.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced Dan Nichols on Thursday to four years in federal prison.

Nichols provided security for Montana Cannabis, a medical marijuana operation that was raided in a 2011 federal crackdown on large dispensaries.

Nichols pleaded guilty to conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises. Prosecutors cited his violent history in asking for a sentence of just under six years.

Nichols was the younger half of a father-son duo dubbed "The Mountain Men" who kidnapped biathlete Kari Swenson in 1984.

His father, Don Nichols, killed a man who tried to rescue her, while Dan Nichols accidently shot Swenson. She survived.

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