MISSOULA — A 16-year-old boy was sentenced Monday to 50 years with Department of Corrections with 25 suspended for murdering his girlfriend's father.
Jared K. Hoehne, 17, pleaded guilty in March to shooting Will Roberson in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.
On Monday, District Judge Doug Harkin allowed Hoehne to go home with his parents but ordered him to report to his probation officer Tuesday morning.
Harkin also recommended that Hoehne be placed in Missoula's prerelease center and afterward be put on intense supervised probation. The court will revisit Hoehne's sentence before his 21st birthday and determined whether it should be altered.
Prosecutors say Will Roberson's wife, Debbie, enlisted Hoehne to kill her husband and then helped move and burn her husband's body last July. She is charged with solicitation of murder and tampering with evidence, and is jailed on $250,000 bail.
Prosecutors will have the opportunity to call Hoehne as a witness in Debbie Roberson's case, if it goes to trial.
Hoehne began having nightmares and turned himself in to Missoula County sheriff's deputies about three weeks after the shooting. He told officers he shot and killed Will Roberson at Debbie Roberson's request, and that they wrapped his body in carpet, took it to the woods near Evaro and burned it.
Hoehne's girlfriend at the time was Roberson's daughter Candace, who has not been charged in the case.
The day after the shooting, Debbie Roberson and another daughter, Jasmine, allegedly collected the remains.
Court records say Debbie Roberson told deputies she stored her husband's remains in a jar under her trailer house.