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Man pleads guilty to accountability to stabbing death

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KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A 29-year-old northwestern Montana man has pleaded guilty to his role in a drug-related stabbing death in May 2016.
    
Christopher Michael Hansen pleaded guilty Thursday to accountability to deliberate homicide in the death of 26-year-old Wade Rautio near Creston. The plea agreement recommends 50 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 13.
    
Hansen testified Thursday that he watched co-defendant Robert Wittal chase Rautio with a knife. Hansen said he prevented Rautio from fleeing at one point and gave Wittal a pocket knife after Wittal lost the large knife he was using to stab Rautio. An autopsy found one of the two- dozen knife wounds cut Rautio's jugular vein.
    
Hansen said he thought they were just going to "rough up" Rautio for stealing drugs.
    
Wittal is serving a 110-year prison sentence for deliberate homicide.

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