Written by John Plestina
The man accused of damaging a water treatment plant in Wolf Point during June 2013, several drug related charges and other offenses changed his plea from not guilty to guilty on three of seven counts in 15th Judicial Court Wednesday, March 12.
Under the plea agreement, Chas Douglas Zimdars pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal endangerment and criminal mischief, all felonies.
Zimdars was originally charged with counts listed on charging documents as criminal endangerment, operation of clandestine laboratory, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal mischief, all felonies, and less serious charges of criminal trespass to property, fleeing from or eluding police, driving without a valid drivers license, second or subsequent conviction.
The county attorney has agreed to move to dismiss the other four charges.
In a written statement contained in court documentation, Zimdars wrote, “I possessed methamphetamine in Roosevelt County, Mont., on June 12, 2013. He also acknowledged damaging a water treatment plant on the same date.
The Roosevelt County Attorney has recommended suspended sentences on all three of the counts Zimdars pleaded to, sparing him from having to serve a total of 16 years incarceration in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections.