- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Great Falls man who pleaded “no contest” to killing his girlfriend by beating her with a flashlight and then cutting her throat to end her suffering has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/jRYqKq ) 66-year-old William Davis Miller was sentenced Tuesday for the July 13, 2015, death of 57-year-old Deborah Garrett. He was charged with mitigated deliberate homicide.

Miller told a psychologist he was emotionally abused by Garrett, that she had repeatedly attacked him and that at some point he went into what he described as “a red fog” and beat her with the flashlight.

The state’s original affidavit described the explanation as “self-serving,” but additional details began to corroborate the narrative of Garrett as a violent and abusive person.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, https://www.greatfallstribune.com

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