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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

December 15, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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MONTANA-BODIES IN BASEMENT

MISSOULA _ A Montana man pleaded guilty Friday to stabbing two people to death, including a teenage girl, dismembering their bodies and then trying to dissolve them in tubs filled with acid in the basement of a home. Augustus Standingrock’s plea was part of a deal with prosecutors, who will recommend the 26-year-old be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. He pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide and accountability to deliberate homicide in the deaths last year of Marilyn Pickett, 15, and Jackson Wiles, 24. SENT: 350 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ BLACKFEET RESERVATION-HUMAN REMAINS _ Federal agents say human remains have been found on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in northwestern Montana where a woman was reported missing last year.

_ MONTANA RANCHERS ECONOMY _ Officials say Montana ranchers are heading into better economic territory in 2019.

_ HUNTING-DRONES _ The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved regulations clarifying the use of drones and motion tracking devices by hunters. (Also moved on sports lines)

_ LAND MANAGEMENT-NEVADA _ The agency that manages vast stretches of federal land in the U.S. West has named a new state director in Nevada.

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