GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A one who pleaded no contest to deliberate assassinate for killing a woman at a Huge Falls motel in 2017 faces in any case 20 years in penal advanced, the Huge Falls Tribune reported Thursday.
The trial for Stanley Isaac Lebeau, 54, started this week after a yearlong extend due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Defendants who plead no contest settle for convictions nonetheless finish not admit guilt.
After two days of testimony, the prosecution and the defense negotiated a plea agreement Wednesday that requires a 60-yr penal advanced sentence with a requirement that Lebeau reduction 20 years before becoming eligible for parole. District Prefer John Kutzman did not schedule a sentencing date.
Lebeau modified into as soon as charged with the May maybe well per chance additionally merely 2017 death of Tasha Bustle, 28, who additionally traditional the remaining title Roberts. Her body modified into as soon as found in a motel bathtub after Lebeau confessed to the killing when he modified into as soon as arrested for cutting off a GPS tracking utility he modified into as soon as required to wear as a condition of his probation in another case, prosecutors acknowledged.
“In an eerie, deadpan insist, the defendant told (officers) he had killed a woman in his room,” Cascade County Attorney Josh Racki acknowledged, “and that they needs to delight in they’d caught him due to he modified into as soon as going to breeze on a killing spree, killing others and taking hostages.”
After Lebeau modified into as soon as arrested he told of us, including detectives, emergency responders, a shut very most interesting friend and fellow inmates that he had killed Bustle, witnesses testified.
A month later, he claimed Bustle’s death modified into as soon as an accident and that he had hit her with a tree root during an argument. Defense attorney Jay Reno acknowledged Lebeau found Bustle’s body in his motel room and did not document it for 2 days.
Defense attorney Amanda Gordon acknowledged Lebeau had been using methamphetamine and had not slept for several days when Bustle modified into as soon as killed.
Lebeau testified that he couldn’t be acutely conscious the vital points of what took enviornment that day, nonetheless acknowledged that he modified into as soon as restful legally accountable for his habits.