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Wyoming Man to Change Plea in Explosives Theft

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Wyoming man accused of stealing 559 pounds of explosives from a U.S. Forest Service bunker near Red Lodge is seeking to plead guilty to a federal criminal indictment.

Thirty-three-year-old Budd James Nesius of Wheatland was ordered to appear in U.S. District Court in Billings Thursday for a change of plea hearing before Judge Susan Watters.

Nesius was arrested in February and charged with one count of possession of stolen explosives.

He faces up to 10 years in prison, three years’ supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Court documents show he did not reach a plea deal.

Prosecutors said Nesius came across the bunker while looking for a place to camp in April 2013. Prosecutors say he stole the explosives intending to sell them to “make a little money.”

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