Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:37 PM by Jamie Leary
Updated: Jan 25, 2013 8:58 PM
The Butte man who brutally beat his girlfriend and left her for dead in October 2011 receives the maximum penalty for his crimes in district Friday.
Vincent Knight, 20, plead guilty to reduced charges of aggravated assault and criminal endangerment, both are felonies.
District court judge Brad Newman said the testimony against Knight on Thursday was strong.
Newman told Knight that what he did was unforgivable and sentenced him to 10 years for aggravated assault and 20 years for criminal endangerment. Newman said that because the state reduced his charges, the brutality of the crime warranted the maximum penalty for those charges. Newman also ordered that Knight could not be eligible for parole for at least 7 years.
Knight was arrested in October for beating of his girlfriend, 20-year-old Tamara Hartman into a month-long coma.
Hartman was present during Friday's sentencing but did not address the court.