Sentencing date set for Billings shooting death, state seeking 65 years


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BILLINGS, Montana — The state is seeking a 65-year prison term for a Billings man who pleaded guilty to shooting another man to death last October.

The Billings Gazette reports ( ) District Judge G. Todd Baugh is scheduled to sentence 35-year-old Mahpevana-Hane (mah-puh-VON'-uh-Hayne) Lorne Bearcomesout on Oct. 21.

Under the plea agreement, the state is seeking a sentence of 65 years in prison. Public defender Randi Hood is free to argue for a lesser sentence, but Bearcomesout will not be allowed to withdraw the guilty plea he entered on July 21.

Bearcomesout pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide for killing 32-year-old Misael (mee-sah-EL') Santiago. The men were arguing in the driveway of a house on the north side of Billings over a pit bull puppy and a gun Bearcomesout believed Santiago had stolen.

Bearcomesout remains jailed with bail set at $500,000.

Information from: The Billings Gazette,

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