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Man accused in 2001 Florence triple murder sentenced to prison on drug charges

Posted at 10:53 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 00:53:09-04

GREAT FALLS- The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that Brian Weber of Great Falls was sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, by U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris.

Weber was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals after being sentenced.

Weber distributed heroin and methamphetamine in Great Falls for more than three years, from 2014 through early 2017.  During part of this time, Weber resided at the pre-release center and distributed heroin and meth around Great Falls, as well as to residents at the center.  The FBI investigated Weber and identified numerous individuals in Great Falls who received their narcotics from Weber.

Weber has an extensive criminal history of felony violent crimes and a federal drug conviction, including violence against family members, girlfriends, and people within his drug network.

Weber’s name became well-known after his arrest in connection with the stabbing deaths of three women at a Florence hair salon in 2001. Murder charges against Weber were eventually dropped because witnesses in the case were either dead or refused to cooperate.

“Brian Weber is a dangerous criminal with a substantial criminal history. Because of that, we asked for an enhanced sentence provided by statute to make sure Weber is removed from our communities for a long time,” said U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme. “I want to thank Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Betley and the FBI’s Regional Violent Crime Task Force, in western Montana, including officers from Montana Probation and Parole and the sheriff’s offices in Lewis and Clark and Missoula counties and the Missoula Police Department, for helping to get this case successfully prosecuted,” Alme said.