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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wheatland man faces life in prison when he goes before a judge for sentencing in the 2011 shooting deaths of his three young sons and his brother. Everett Conant III pleaded no-contest in June to the four killings and to a charge of attempted murder against his ex-wife, who also was wounded in the shootings at a Wheatland trailer park.

District Judge John Brooks of Douglas has scheduled a sentencing hearing for Conant for Tuesday afternoon in Wheatland. Prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty against him.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Highway Patrol says a drunken driver is to blame for a crash on U.S. Highway 314 near Decker that caused a semi to spill 38 tons of coal. Trooper Ben Panas tells The Billings Gazette the driver of a car tried to pass a semi hauling two trailers of coal as it traveled around a curve in the highway at about 6 p.m. Wednesday. The car hit a guardrail. Panas says it's not clear if the semi hit the car or if the driver crashed because he was trying to avoid the car.

Panas says the driver of the car will be charged as soon as officials verify who was driving. The driver of the semi and three people in the car were treated at Sheridan Memorial Hospital.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A legislative panel has endorsed a proposed bill that could make it easier for Wyoming prosecutors to seek felony charges for crimes that leave a victim seriously injured. The Joint Judiciary Interim Committee voted Thursday to sponsor a bill that changes the state's definitions for both "bodily injuries" and "serious bodily injuries."

Co-chairman Rep. Keith Gingery says the measure would better help courts determine what charge is appropriate for a given crime. The Jackson Republican says that if a prosecutor can prove serious bodily injury, the penalty is higher. The proposed bill will be considered during next year's legislative session.

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