HELENA — A Deer Lodge man has been sentenced to three consecutive 100-year sentences in the Montana State Prison after a jury found him guilty in May of three counts of sexual intercourse without consent with a minor.
Charles Michael Byrne, 51, was sentenced Monday in Powell County District Court for having sex with a minor girl three separate times between 2010 and 2016. The 300-year sentence was requested by the state and required by law due to the age of the victim. Byrne was sentenced to serve 100 years in prison without parole eligibility for 50 years on each of the three counts, which will run consecutively. As a result, he will be ineligible for parole for 150 years.
Charles Michael Byrne
PAT HANSEN, for The Montana Standard
Byrne was previously sentenced to three consecutive 100-year sentences in 2019 after a jury found him guilty of the same crime. However, the Montana Supreme Court overturned that conviction, necessitating a retrial.
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