By Tristan 

Supco allows man to withdraw guilty plea


BILLINGS — A state prison inmate can withdraw his guilty plea to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl after successfully arguing he made the plea only because his attorney told him a Hispanic man could not get a fair trial in Musselshell County, the Montana Supreme Court has ruled.

One Supreme Court justice suggested the man's defense attorney be investigated for her failure to adequately investigate the case, The Billings Gazette reported ( in Thursday's editions.

Hector Valdez-Mendoza, 26, was charged in March 2009 with providing tequila to a Roundup girl and ra...

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