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2 inmates charged after makeshift weapon found in cell

Posted at 2:45 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 16:45:02-05

Levi Patrick Peppenger and Cecil Thomas Rice have been charged after a makeshift weapon was found in their cell in the Cascade County Detention Center last week.

Court documents state that a detention officer found a piece of broken pipe that had been "shaved down to a sharp tip."

The toilet paper holder welded on to the sink in the cell had been covered by a full roll of toilet paper, Behind the broken sink/toilet (one piece), the officer found the item. It had been broken off of the plumbing behind the sink.

When questioned about it, both Rice and Peppenger declined to make a statement.

The cost to repair the broken sink/toilet is estimated at $2,356.

Rice is serving a 70-year sentence for deliberate homicide. Rice was convicted of pushing Anthony Walthers off the Old Steel Bridge into the Flathead River in 2017, causing his death.

Peppenger is serving a minimum 10-year sentence for several convictions in Yellowstone County and Custer County, including burglary, theft deceptive practices, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

Both have been charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner, with a possible alternative charge of criminal mischief for the destruction of property.