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Family members speak out during emotion-filled sentencing of Anthony Montwheeler

Annita Harmon hugs her daughter in this photo provided by the family. (Contributed photo)

VALE – Anthony Montwheeler sat in clean street clothes with a fresh haircut and stared straight ahead Friday morning as more than a dozen people delivered statements at his sentencing at the Malheur County Courthouse.

The session was the final chapter on a four-year-long legal case that began in the early morning hours of a cold, overcast January day 2017.

The former Nampa man pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault.

Montwheeler stabbed to death his ex-wife, Annita Harmon, killed Vale resident David Bates and injured his wife Jessica in a head-on crash as he fled police.

Under terms of the plea deal reached earlier this year, Montwheeler . . .