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Helena man sentenced to 80 years in prison for 2017 stabbing

Helena man sentenced to 80 years in prison for 2017 stabbing

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Andrew Pierce Lake listens to an opening statement during his trial at the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse

Andrew Pierce Lake listens to an opening statement during his trial in 2018 at the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse. Lake was convicted of attempted homicide and sentenced to 80 years in prison.

A Helena man was sentenced this week to 80 years without parole for stabbing a man outside the Jester's Bar in 2017.

Andrew Pierce Lake was convicted in August of 2018 of attempted deliberate homicide but was found not guilty of one felony count of tampering with evidence in connection with the March 2017 stabbing.

On Wednesday, Lewis and Clark County District Judge Michael McMahon sentenced Lake to 80 years in the Montana State Prison for the act. Lake was also ordered to pay $76,854 in restitution for the victim's medical bills.

Lake stabbed the victim seven times in a confrontation and fight on Fifth Avenue after both men left the Jester's Bar after closing time, according to court documents. Lake then allegedly went home, got rid of the knife and left his bloody clothes in his living room. He was arrested the next day and said he does not remember leaving the scene or the altercation, according to court documents.

Lake will be over 100-years-old when his sentence expires in 2099.

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