Montana Supreme Court Orders New Sentencing in Incest Case

Douglas Guill of Heron was sentenced in September 2008 to 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole on five felony convictions

By Dillon Tabish

MISSOULA — The Montana Supreme Court has ordered a Montana man convicted of incest, rape and sexual assault to be sentenced again, agreeing that the judge failed to give him credit for time served between his arrest and sentencing.

Douglas Guill of Heron received 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole in September 2008 for keeping a woman captive and molesting her for 14 years, starting when she was 6. He was convicted of five felonies.

Trial testimony revealed Guill isolated and controlled relatives.

Guill’s former wife testified that Guill convinced family members that he had a special relationship with God and could determine which of them would go to heaven and which of them would go to hell.

The Missoulian newspaper reports that the state Supreme Court granted Guill’s petition for a new sentencing April 14, saying District Judge Kim Christopher did not give him credit for the nearly two years he served between his November 2006 arrest and his sentencing.

Guill is 62. Even with credit for time served, he would not be eligible for parole until he was 104.

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