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Joshua Heafner Changes Plea

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A man facing several charges in connection to a police standoff, as well as attempting to help a Yellowstone County detainee escape from detention, changed his plea in court Thursday.

According to officials with the Yellowstone County Attorney's Office, Joshua Heafner pleaded guilty to a charge of Robbery, as well as a charge of Assault with a Weapon, and a charge of Assault on a Peace Officer. The change of plea is reportedly part of a plea agreement, in which county prosecutors will drop a charge of Attempted Escape by Accountability in return.

Heafner, according to the County Attorney's Office, was involved in the robbery of a Billings casino earlier this year, and engaged police officers during an armed standoff in March. While in county detention, Heafner reportedly choked a female detention officer, as Simon Jacobson allegedly tried to escape from detention.

Jacobson was facing a number of charges in connection to the kidnapping and death of DeJuan Laster, which happened in January 2013. Jacobson pleaded guilty to Deliberate Homicide, Aggravated Kidnapping, and two Robbery charges in June, as a part of a plea agreement. He currently awaits sentencing, in which the State of Montana is recommending a sentence of life in prison, plus an addition 100 years.

Sentencing for Heafner, meanwhile, is set for September 30th, according to the County Attorney's Office.

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