HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man has pleaded guilty to charges that he waterboarded four boys.
William Albert Province made a plea deal with prosecutors in which he admitted to four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
District Judge James B. Wheelis sentenced the 42-year-old Jefferson County man to two years' probation.
The plea deal called for prosecutors to drop felony charges that included making threats against public officials.
Prosecutors say Province simulated drowning the four boys by pouring water over their faces.
The children have not been identified. The Independent Record reports (http://bit.ly/ZFNvHL ) prosecution for partner or family member assault was deferred as part of the plea deal.
Jefferson County Attorney Mathew Johnson says the plea agreement was reached after a review of the evidence.
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