Missoula woman gets life for killing two children, ages 3 and 5

A Missoula woman was given a life sentence on Monday for murdering her two young children in their home near Reserve Street. 

Leannah J. Gardipe, 35, killed her two children, who were 3 and 5 at the time, in their Missoula home in November 2021. Sunday marked the two-year anniversary of their deaths.

Gardipe took a plea agreement and admitted to the two deliberate homicide charges in August, court filings show. Missoula County District Judge Robert Deschamps sentenced Gardipe on Monday to life in the custody of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

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Leannah Jean Gardipe was sentenced to life in custody of the Department of Public Health and Human Services for the 2021 killing of her two children. Gardipe was found guilty of two counts of deliberate homicide and sentenced by Missoula County District Court Judge Robert Deschamps.


Missoula sheriff’s deputies arrived on the morning of Nov. 19, 2021, to Patty Ann Drive. They found the two young children not

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