Jonathan Bertsch Sentenced to Life in Prison without Parole

Missoula District Court Judge Shane Vannatta sentenced Jonathan Bertsch on Wednesday afternoon to four terms of life in the Montana State Prison without the possibility of parole.

Judge Vannatta pronounced sentence as Bertsch and his defense team stood before the court.

“In the sentence and judgment of this court that the sentence imposed on defendant, Jonathan Albert Birch is the following; for count one deliberate homicide felony, the death of Shelley Hayes, you are committed to the Montana State Prison for a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole,” began Judge Vannatta.

Judge Vannatta then counted down the other three sentences.

“Count two; attempted deliberate homicide, a felony, which resulted in the death of Julie Blanchard” he said. “You’re committed to the Montana State Prison for a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Count three; attempted deliberate homicide a felony, the attempted homicide of Kasey Blanchard, you’re committed to the Montana State Prison for a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Count four; attempted deliberate homicide, a felony of Trooper Wade Palmer, you are committed to the Montana State Prison for a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The

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