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Man sentenced to state hospital in robbery linked to slaying

December 16, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Laurel man has been sentenced to 20 years in the Montana State Hospital after pleading guilty to a robbery charge stemming from a fatal shooting.

The Billings Gazette reported Friday 30-year-old Garrett Lee Crandell was charged in connection with an attempted robbery in Billings in 2015 that resulted in the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Clinton Old Bull.

Prosecutors said Crandell and 38-year-old Ross Breshears went to Old Bull’s home planning to rob a woman over a drug deal. Investigators say Old Bull met them at the door and was shot in a scuffle.

Breshears is charged with deliberate homicide in Old Bull’s death and is scheduled to go on trial Feb. 8.

Crandell has been at the state hospital for a year under treatment for schizophrenia.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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