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A man who fired his handgun into a Billings home in 2016, striking a woman in the leg, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Jamie Lee Bristow, 42, was sentenced in Yellowstone District Court to serve 20 years in the Montana State Prison for assault with a weapon. Judge Don Harris also sentenced him to 10 years on a criminal endangerment charge, to run concurrently.

Bristow fired his 9 mm handgun through the window of a South Side residence where his ex-girlfriend was asleep on Oct. 29, 2016, hitting her in the leg and hitting at least two other residences with bullets, according to police statements and court documents.

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Bristow had been serving parole at the time. In 2005, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for slashing a man to death Dec. 24, 2003. Bristow claimed self-defense, and his sentence was based on a conviction of mitigated deliberate homicide.

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At sentencing July 2, Harris found Bristow did not suffer from a mental disorder at the time of the shooting and not qualified for commitment to the Montana State Hospital. 

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