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Man who stole military medals, sold drugs punished

By Associated Press
Published On: May 30 2014 07:43:29 AM MDT
PURPLE HEART
KALISPELL, Mont. -

A Kalispell man who pleaded guilty to theft, forgery, selling drugs and stealing a military uniform and medals has been sentenced to five years in prison.

25-year-old Sean Smith was sentenced on May 13.

Smith pleaded guilty to felony theft for stealing tools and other items, criminal distribution of heroin along with two felony charges for forging checks.

A Kalispell Municipal Court judge earlier sentenced Smith to 30 days in jail and 120 days on probation for the January theft of a shadow box containing a military uniform and medals belonging to a deceased Vietnam War veteran.

Police recovered the medals belonging to James Smith, including a Purple Heart, and returned them to his brother, Greg Smith. The uniform was not recovered.

Sean Smith is not related to the brothers.