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Published August 13, 2013, 12:31 PM

Man accused in Montana teacher's death cuts deal

SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — One of the men accused of killing a Montana high school teacher has made a deal with prosecutors that would spare him the death penalty.

SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — One of the men accused of killing a Montana high school teacher has made a deal with prosecutors that would spare him the death penalty.

A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Lester Van Waters, Jr., Tuesday afternoon in Sidney.

Prosecutors say Waters and Michael Spell abducted Sherry Arnold in January 2012 while the Sidney High School teacher was out for a morning jog. They are accused of killing her and burying her body in a North Dakota field.

Court documents filed Monday say Waters has agreed to plead guilty to deliberate homicide by accountability. In exchange, prosecutors will drop an attempted kidnapping charge and recommend a sentence of 100 years in prison with 20 years suspended.

Waters also has agreed to cooperate with the state's prosecution of Spell.

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