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Polson man who killed father-in-law with hammer is sentenced to 40 years in prison


MISSOULA, Montana — A 37-year-old Polson man who killed his father-in-law by hitting him in the head with a hammer has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The Missoulian reports (http://goo.gl/kYhsmY ) Desmond Alan Mackay was sentenced Thursday for the March 5, 2014, attack on 67-year-old John Barrows, also of Polson. Mackay pleaded guilty in September to mitigated deliberate homicide.

He has said he had been bullied by his brother-in-law and was waiting behind a door to hit him when Barrows walked in instead. Barrows was critically injured and died 10 days later in a Kalispell hospital.

During his sentencing hearing, Mackay said through tears, "I've destroyed my family. Sorry's not good enough, but I'm sorry."

Mackay will be eligible for parole in 25 years.

Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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