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Man who escaped homicide charge gets 12 years on drug charge

July 11, 2019

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who escaped a deliberate homicide charge after prosecutors said they no longer had a “viable case” has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine.

The Flathead Beacon reports James Quen, of Martin City, was sentenced in Missoula on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in March to the drug charge, three months after Flathead County prosecutors dropped the homicide charge days before his trial.

Quen was accused of shooting 33-year-old Bradley Winters to death in Hungry Horse in April 2018. His attorney planned to argue self-defense, but the charge was dismissed after prosecutors say a key witness refused to cooperate.

Quen was accused of buying meth in Oregon and bringing it to northwest Montana for distribution in 2017.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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