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Powell man accused of providing heroin that led to death pleads guilty


POWELL, Wyoming — A 31-year-old Powell man accused of providing heroin that led to the death of a neighbor has pleaded guilty.

The Powell Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1D7Q2nb ) that Christopher J. Nichols pleaded guilty last week to a felony count of delivering heroin. He had initially been charged with negligent homicide.

Nichols admitted to giving 30-year-old Jeremy W. Ernest the drug in December 2013. Ernest later died of an apparent overdose.

The guilty plea is part of a plea deal with the Park County Attorney's Office. In return, prosecutors say they will ask for no more than 5 to 8 years of prison time.

Nichols remains free on a $15,000 bond while awaiting sentencing.

Information from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, http://www.powelltribune.com

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