Daniel Nations, who pleaded guilty to threatening hikers with hatchet, now in custody in Indiana

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (KKTV) - A man guilty of threatening hikers and mountain bikers with a hatchet in Monument is now in custody in Indiana.

Daniel Nations, who pleaded guilty last month to threatening people on Mount Herman, returned to Indiana to face charges for failing to register as a sex offender, CBS Indianapolis reports. After his guilty plea in El Paso County, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office sent deputies to Colorado to retrieve and book him into their county jail.

For the menacing and weapons charges related to the hatchet incident, Nations, 32, was sentenced to three years of supervised probation with a chance for prison time if he violates the terms of his probation.

No reference was made at his plea hearing to any connection with the murder of mountain biker Tim Watkins, who was found shot to death on Mount Herman Road just days before Nations' arrest.

A gun matching the kind used in Watkins' murder was found in Nations' vehicle, but law enforcement never named him -- or to date, anyone -- a suspect in the killing, and it remains an open case.

Back in Indiana where the next step of Nations' legal journey is set to begin, he remains a person of interest in the killing of two eighth-graders in Delphi last February. He caught Indiana State Police's attention after his arrest in Colorado; after two detectives traveled to Teller County to interview him, they said there was no new information gleaned that could "specifically include or exclude" Nations as a suspect in the case.