Craig man sentenced to 10-year prison jolt

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A Craig man who pleaded guilty in July to assaulting his girlfriend has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

William Daniel Kilpatrick was arrested in November 2005 for choking his girlfriend at their home in Craig. He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and second-degree kidnapping.

On Tuesday, Chief Judge Michael O'Hara sentenced Kilpatrick to 10 years for the crimes in 14th Judicial District Court. Kilpatrick received a 10-year sentence for the second-degree assault conviction, six years for kidnapping and three years for a probation revocation.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

The judge had the discretion of sentencing Kilpatrick to prison time ranging from five to 16 years.

O'Hara split the difference between the sentences requested by Kilpatrick's defense attorney, public defender Sheryl Uhlman, and the prosecutor, assistant district attorney Michael Stern.

Uhlman asked the judge for a five-year sentence and Stern asked for 16.

According to court documents, Kilpatrick choked his girlfriend, threatened her with a knife, dragged her into a house and struck her toddler son.

When police arrested Kilpatrick, they reported finding a letter in his pocket. In the letter, he said he planned to kill his girlfriend and himself, according to documents.

His girlfriend also told police that Kilpatrick struck her 4-year-old son in the neck.

Kilpatrick, who has been in custody at Moffat County Jail, will serve his time behind bars in a facility chosen by the Department of Corrections.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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