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A 61-year-old Butte man received a 15-year sentence Tuesday after a jury found him guilty in July of assaulting his ex-wife with a knife.

According to court documents, Thomas Deutsch pleaded not guilty last year to felony assault with a weapon in relation to June 2016 incident in which he is said to have gotten into an argument with his ex-wife. During the argument, the documents say, he took out a pocket knife, “started waving it around,” and cut the victim’s hand.

In addition to the 15 years in prison, Deutsch Tuesday was ordered to pay $4,008 in restitution to the victim and was credited with 311 days for time served.

During the sentencing, Deutsch denied causing injury to the victim despite the jury’s verdict, court documents say. He told the court that he believed he should be placed on probation and not incarcerated because “he is in poor health and not a threat to anyone.”

The state, meanwhile, argued that a sentence of imprisonment was required because of Deutsch’s criminal history, which include five prior felony convictions, one involving a weapon.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, Deutsch faces a felony robbery charge.

Court documents state that Deutsch in June 2017 walked away from a Harrison Avenue hardware store carrying several items without paying. After being confronted by a store employee outside the store, court documents say, Deutsch threatened the employee with a box cutter.

Deutsch has pleaded not guilty to the June 2017 incident. A pre-trial conference has been set for Jan 12.


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