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Man Pleads Guilty to Drug-Related Double Killing in Missoula

Jonathan Reed Whitworth and his co-defendant broke into a motel room in October 2018 after being sold 'bad drugs'

MISSOULA — A man charged with killing two people and shooting a third during a drug-related confrontation at a motel in Missoula has pleaded guilty to several felony charges,.

Jonathan Reed Whitworth pleaded guilty last week to two counts of deliberate homicide for the October 2018 shooting deaths of Jason Flink, 23, and Megan McLaughlin, 31, the Missoulian newspaper reported. Whitworth also pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon for shooting Kaleb Williams, who survived.

Whitworth and his co-defendant Preston Rossbach broke into a motel room angered that they had been sold some “bad drugs” by their dealer, prosecutors said. The dealer wasn’t there and they left briefly, but then returned to the room and shot all three people inside. Rossbach stabbed the victims, prosecutors said.

Rossbach was convicted in March of two counts of deliberate homicide and one count of assault with a weapon for his role for his role in the robbery. Montana’s felony murder law holds people responsible for homicides that occur during the commission of another felony, in this case, robbery. Rossbach’s sentencing is set for September.