Posted: Aug 30, 2013 3:43 PM by MTN News
HAMILTON - A Hamilton judge on Thursday sentenced Douglas Reynolds to 20 years in the Montana State Prison.
Reynolds was accused of killing his wife Jessica in November 2012.
Reynolds pleaded no contest in June to felony negligent homicide in the death.
Reynolds told police he "snapped" in November 2012 after a night of drinking and hit Jessica in the head.
She later died from brain damage.
Ravalli County District Judge James Haynes on Thursday rejected a portion of the plea bargain agreement that proposed a sentence of a 20-year commitment with the Montana Department of Corrections, with 15 years of those years suspended.
Haynes instead sentenced Reynolds to 20 years in Montana State Prison with 10 of those years suspended.
(December 6, 2012) A Hamilton man who is accused of killing his common-law wife after a night of drinking and fighting pleaded not guilty in Ravalli County District Court on Thursday morning.
Douglas Charles Reynolds is facing a deliberate homicide charge for the Nov. 11 incident at Deffy's Motel in Hamilton.
Prosecutors say Reynolds kept changing his story about what happened that night, but at one point he told investigators he "snapped" when his wife, Jessica Hawkins, became volatile.
Prosecutors say he held her down and hit her in the left temple with his elbow.
Reynolds reportedly told police he went to bed later that night and when he woke up he "freaked out" when he found his wife laying on the floor dead.
He asked the motel to call 911, and when medical personnel arrived Hawkins was still breathing. She was taken to the hospital where she died from brain damage a few days later.