- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Helena man has taken a plea agreement and will likely spend 60 years in prison for what prosecutors say was an attempt to kill his ex-girlfriend.

The Independent Record reports (http://bit.ly/1POUJbz ) that prosecutors say Jim Randolph Oliver Jr. stabbed the woman with a multi-tool several times in March 2015, causing a collapsed lung and neck injuries. They charged him with attempted deliberate homicide.

Oliver entered an Alford plea Thursday, which means he does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction.

In court documents, Oliver wrote that he assaulted the woman with the intent of hurting her.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 7. The maximum sentence is 100 years in prison, although attorneys from both sides are asking for 60 years.

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Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com

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