- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings man who served two decades in prison for killing his wife has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for assaulting his girlfriend.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2oPCoQv) a judge went above the prosecutor’s recommendation of 15 years in sentencing Frank Joe Belmarez Thursday. The judge said Belmarez had a lack of remorse and cited his history of violence.

Belmarez had been on probation when he assaulted a woman in July. The victim testified during trial that Belmarez assaulted and choked her and she feared she would die. Officers said she had a broken nose and a concussion.

Belmarez had claimed self-defense. He was acquitted of aggravated assault but convicted of partner or family member assault.

Belmarez was sent to prison in 1990 for his wife’s stabbing death and was released in 2013.


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

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