Posted: Oct 30, 2013 11:10 PM by Jamie Leary - KBZK News
Updated: Oct 30, 2013 11:11 PM
BOZEMAN - At 59-years-old, the woman convicted with attempted deliberate homicide for shooting a former tenant twice, learns tonight, she will likely die in prison.
After nearly six hours of testimony, Wednesday's sentence was not in Diana Arnold's favor.
Arnold hoped to serve her time at Warm Springs, the state mental hospital and maybe one day be a contributing member of society.
But that was not the case. Diana Arnold will be spending 100 years in the women's state prison.
Arnold claims to suffer from a dissociative personality disorder. So on May 30th 2012, when she broke into her former tenant Henry McDunn's home, and shot him once in the head and once in the chest, she claimed she doesn't remember doing it.
She also claimed that she didn't remember bringing matches and gasoline and stuffing newspaper in the home with the intent to burn it down.
During her sentencing, Arnold was very calm and composed and she read a letter in which she apologized to the McDunn family. She said she hoped one day she could again be a contributing member of society.
Dustin McDunn, the victim's son said, "Diana Arnold has used the justice system to maximum effect to harass and continue to traumatize my parents. Therefore I believe the justice system should inflict the maximum sentence within the law it's allowed to."
The room was almost divided in support for the two parties- many people turned out for Arnold including her sister who took the stand.
Arnold's sister Chris Meade said, "I think she was reaching out for help in so many ways but we didn't know it but then again, she was there for so many people. All her friends, all her family, she was there to help through any situation that they were having."
Before Judge John Brown sentenced Arnold this evening, he said he believes Arnold intended to kill both Mr. And Mrs. McDunn and that her mental issues were not enough to absolve her of her acts.
Arnold's Defense Attorney Chuck Watson said, "I don't regret anything about any aspect of this case and the way I handled it, except for the fact that it happened to a lot of -otherwise- nice people."
Arnold's defense was pleased that the judge ordered that the Department of Corrections treat her for her diagnosed conditions, give her all the necessary medications and give her strict recommended diets.