- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 75-year-old Ballantine man convicted of shooting his son to death during an argument has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://goo.gl/iWazIz ) James Douglas Sindelar was sentenced Friday for the July 20 death of 35-year-old Wesley Sindelar. The elder Sindelar, who was convicted in March of negligent homicide, says the gun went off during a struggle.

Wesley Sindelar’s widow, Victoria Sindelar, described that after James Sindelar was jailed, he sent her a letter containing photos of her dead husband’s body at the crime scene, along with graphic photos from his autopsy. A note with the letter said, “For your family album.”

Inmates in the jail are allowed to have some access to their own case files.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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