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Former Butte justice of the peace pleads guilty to drug charges

By The Associated Press
Published On: Dec 12 2012 03:22:47 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 13 2012 03:40:00 AM MST
BUTTE, Mont. -

A former Butte-Silver Bow justice of the peace has pleaded guilty to "doctor shopping" for prescription pain medication.

The Montana Standard reports 67-year-old Robert Lee pleaded guilty to two counts of fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs during a hearing before District Court Judge Ray Dayton in Anaconda on Wednesday.

Lee was charged in January with 34 counts of obtaining dangerous drugs by seeing doctors in Anaconda, Whitehall and Butte to get prescriptions for methadone. The plea agreement settles the charges in both Deer Lodge and Jefferson counties.

The drug charges were filed just after Lee received a deferred sentence for negligent endangerment for driving under the influence of methadone.

Under Wednesday's plea agreement, the prosecution plans to recommend a three-year deferred sentence.

Lee and his attorney declined comment after the hearing.