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Ex-'Mountain Man' gets 4 years on drug charge

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013

Nichols was the younger half of a father-son duo dubbed "The Mountain Men" who kidnapped biathlete Kari Swenson in 1984. His father, Don Nichols, killed a man who tried to rescue her, while Dan Nichols accidently shot Swenson and left her to die. Swenson survived, but with diminished lung capacity from the gunshot wound.

Dan Nichols, who was 20 at the time, was convicted of kidnapping and misdemeanor assault and received a 10-year prison sentence. His father remains in prison after being convicted of killing would-be rescuer Alan Goldstein.

Dan Nichols was not immediately arrested after the 2011 raid on Montana Cannabis. That summer, he fled from Jefferson County sheriff's deputies who broke up an apparent drug deal Nichols was making at an outdoor concert, prosecutors said.

Nichols remained on the run until May, when U.S. marshals aided by the Butte-Silver Bow sheriff's office arrested Nichols in Butte.