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Feb 27, 2014 - The Associated Press

Man arrested in explosives theft

Federal officials say they've arrested a Wyoming man suspected in the theft of 559 pounds of explosives from a U.S. Forest Service bunker in south-central Montana.

Montana's Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Rod Ostermiller says marshals and members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives took 32-year-old Budd James Nesius of Wheatland into custody Monday in Grand Junction, Colo.

He was arrested on a federal warrant for possession of stolen explosives.

Nesius was arrested at the courthouse, where he had a hearing on drug charges filed after his Dec. 20 arrest.

Officials discovered in April that the explosives were missing from a bunker near Red Lodge, Mont.

The ATF announced in November that it had recovered all of the explosives, but did not provide further details on why the explosives were there, when they were stolen, how the theft took place or what motive Nesius may have had to stealing the material.

Defense:R00;Police pressured confession

CHEYENNE -- Prosecutors plan to call witnesses in the murder trial of a Cheyenne man charged with killing two people and wounding a third in 2011.

Prosecutors told jurors Wednesday that Nathaniel Castellanos killed 21-year-old Corey Walker and 25-year-old Megan McIntosh in Cheyenne.

Amber McGuire, who was 23 years old at the time, was wounded.

The defense argued that police pressured Castellanos to admit to the shootings.

Castellanos is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

If convicted, he could face life in prison or the death penalty.

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