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GREAT FALLS — A man who strangled his fiancee a year ago in a hotel here has been sentenced to 90 years in prison.

A judge sentenced John Trotter, 20, to 100 years with 10 suspended for the death of Jill LaRocque, 22. Trotter will be ineligible for parole until he has served at least 25 years.

Police have said that after strangling LaRocque in June 2005, Trotter altered the crime scene to make it appear the woman died during rough sex. Investigators said Trotter strangled LaRocque when the two argued about marriage.

Trotter, who was an airman at Malmstrom Air Force Base, pleaded guilty to murder May 31.

"This defendant purposely killed Jill; this was not a 'snap,"' prosecutor Brant Light said at the sentencing Wednesday in District Court. "This is a woman he is supposed to have loved. He leaves her there naked and spread eagle on the bed. How disrespectful."

Defense lawyer Matthew McKittrick said Trotter accepts responsibility for his actions and is remorseful.

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Trotter, who had no previous criminal record, did not plan the murder and was not emotionally mature enough to handle LaRocque breaking up with him, McKittrick said.

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