Missoula man sentenced for strangling woman

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Prisoners walk into a unit at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge in this file photo.

The Billings Gazette Zoe Buchli

A Missoula man was sentenced on Wednesday for two felony assault charges.

Clifton Leroy Phillips, 47, was given five years in Montana State Prison for one count of strangulation of a partner or family member and five years for one count of partner or family member assault for a third or subsequent offense, with no time suspended.

Phillips has been convicted of partner or family member assault on at least two prior occasions, according to court documents.

Local fire crews work to put out a blaze near the Canyon River Golf Club in East Missoula on Wednesday afternoon.

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He will serve these sentences simultaneously, and will have time reduced by 283 days for time already served.

Phillips pleaded guilty to both felony charges in February.

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