Helena man gets 100 years in prison for murder of 8-year-old daughter

A 66-year-old Helena man was sentenced in district court on Wednesday to 100 years in Montana State Prison after he pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide.

Tony Louis Valez has been incarcerated in the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center since his arrest July 10, 2022, when authorities said he shot and killed his 8-year-old daughter, Arianna Frankie Louise Valez, during a dispute with adult members of his family.

Lewis and Clark County Attorney Kevin Downs requested the presiding judge, District Court Judge Mike Menahan, sentence Valez to 100 years.

Judge Mike Menahan sentences Tony Valez to 100 years in the Montana State Prison for the murder of his 8 year-old daughter.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

“I just can’t believe being evicted would justify picking up a handgun in that small of a space with children present,” Menahan said, referencing Valez’s motive for the shooting. “He engaged in dangerous behavior that put everyone’s life at risk and intended to bring harm to the adults present.”

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