Plea deal possible over beating of Blackfeet man
Three brothers who are accused of beating a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana might get off without serving jail time.

Todd, Brian and Aron Molenda are "close" to a plea agreement, the special prosecutor told The Great Falls Tribune. But the brothers don't want to go to jail for the alleged assault on Ron Rides at the Door, who also serves as a commissioner in Glacier County.

Rides at the Door was trying to stop an ongoing fight when he was beaten. He said the Molendas yelled racial slurs at him and his wife but they aren't facing hate crime charges.

"These three guys are like kids," Rides at the Door told the Tribune. "Unless something happens to change their behavior, they're going to kill someone."

The brothers are due to go to trial in January 2010. The trial had to be moved to Lincoln County after potential jurors in Glacier County said they couldn't remain impartial.

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Molenda brothers trial set for February (The Great Falls Tribune 11/4)

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