A 41-year-old Billings man who beat his former wife after forcing his way into her home was sentenced Monday in District Court to six years in prison.
In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Valentine Deavila Jr. pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault for the Jan. 15 attack on his former wife. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed a felony burglary charge.
Judge G. Todd Baugh followed the recommendation by Deavilas public defender and prosecutors and sentenced him to 10 years in Montana State Prison with four years suspended.
Deavila was arrested after police were twice called to a home in the 400 block of South 29th Street. The woman told officers that her former husband kicked open a door and threatened her with a knife while beating her.
The first time officers arrived, the woman said Deavila sat on her and covered her mouth.
When the officers left, the beating continued until she passed out. When she awoke, she told her 6-year-old son to call police. Deavila has remained in the county jail on $35,000 bond since his arrest.