Medical marijuana provider to be sentenced

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A medical marijuana provider who reached a post-conviction plea agreement with federal prosecutors is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Missoula.

Sentencing for Chris Williams of Helena is set for 10 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen.

Williams was convicted of eight drug and firearms charges after a September trial in which he was not allowed to use Montana's medical marijuana law as a defense. He faced a mandatory sentence of more than 80 years in prison.

Prosecutors agreed in December to dismiss six of the charges as long as Williams didn't appeal convictions for possessing a firearm in connection with drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The gun charge carries a mandatory minimum five-year sentence.

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