Flathead Valley Man Gets 100 Years in Prison for Double Slaying

By Beacon Staff

A 31-year-old Flathead Valley man accused of killing his father and brother and later holding six people hostage at gunpoint was sentenced Thursday to 100 years in prison.

District Judge Katherine Curtis sentenced Justin Calbick after he previously pleaded guilty to two counts of mitigated deliberate homicide stemming from the Jan. 27, 2010, shooting deaths of 60-year-old Donald Calbick and 38-year-old Stacey Calbick. Calbick won’t be eligible for parole for 40 years.

Prosecutors say he broke into his estranged wife’s house late on Jan. 27 and held her and their children, as well as her father and her friend, hostage into the early morning. Calbick was accused of shooting his brother and father in the head during an argument shortly before breaking into the home.

At the sentencing hearing Thursday, Calbick apologized for the shootings, saying, “I now spend every waking minute haunted by what I’ve done.”

Curtis’ sentence includes 40 years for each count of mitigated deliberate homicide and an additional 10 years for each count because a weapon was used. A 40-year sentence for burglary will run concurrent to the 100-year sentence.

The charges of deliberate homicide were downgraded to mitigated deliberate homicide as part of a plea agreement in which prosecutors dismissed charges of kidnapping, partner or family member assault and assault with a weapon.

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