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Man sentenced for tampering with evidence in death

By Associated Press
Published On: Jun 14 2013 08:03:48 AM MDT
BUTTE, Mont. -

A homeless man who pleaded guilty to helping hide bloody clothing after an Anaconda man was beaten to death has been sentenced to five years with the Department of Corrections.
The Montana Standard reports 20-year-old David Newbold could avoid prison if he successfully completes chemical dependency treatment and a boot camp program. Newbold pleaded guilty in September to tampering with physical evidence after the October 2011 beating death of 32-year-old Teddy James Hildebrant in Butte.
District Judge Kurt Krueger followed the plea agreement and sentenced Newbold on Thursday to 10 years with the Department of Corrections with five suspended.
Shane Hans is serving a 40-year prison sentence for killing Hildebrant after finding him sleeping in his spot at a transient camp.