- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A 35-year-old Whitefish man has been sentenced for setting his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire in 2013.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/1L5vI51 ) that James Wallace Langley had earlier pleaded no contest to felony arson.

On Thursday, District Judge Robert Allison hand down a 10-year sentence with five years suspended.

The sentencing came just weeks after Langley tried to withdraw his no contest plea. Langley’s attorney, Jack Quatman, argued that a district court judge displayed bias during a previously scheduled sentencing hearing.

At the initial sentencing hearing, the judge told Langley and his attorney that he would not follow the six-year differed sentence under the plea agreement because of the seriousness of the crime.

Judge Allison later denied Langley’s motion to withdraw his no contest plea.

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