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ANACONDA - A man who pleaded no contest by reason of mental illness to stabbing a Montana State Hospital staffer with a pen last January has been sentenced to three years with the Department of Corrections.

Prosecutors initially recommended 20-year-old Jacob Wedlake be sentenced to five years with the Department of Public Health and Human Services for placement back at the hospital in Warm Springs.

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However, a psychiatric evaluation determined that Wedlake does not qualify for a DPHHS commitment. A new plea agreement on the felony assault charge called for a five-year sentence with DOC, with two years suspended.

District Judge Ray Dayton sentenced Wedlake on Wednesday. The judge recommended Wedlake initially be placed at the Missoula Assessment and Sanctions Center.

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