- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A Flathead County judge has sentenced a man to 40 years in prison with 20 years suspended for the shooting death of his neighbor last year.

Mark Ames of Marion had entered an Alford plea to a deliberate homicide charge in the death of Harold Gordon. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction.

The 54-year-old Ames tried to withdraw that plea before Monday’s sentencing, but Judge Heidi Ulbricht denied his motion.

Gordon leased an apartment in a Marion duplex to Ames’ wife.

Police say Ames fired rounds from an AK-47 rifle into Gordon’s apartment after midnight on Jan. 12, 2014. Prosecutors say Ames shot and killed Gordon with a pistol after Gordon confronted his neighbor with a shotgun.

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