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Troy man pleads guilty in baseball bat beating

By The Associated Press
Published On: May 10 2014 07:43:03 AM MDT
LIBBY, Mont. -

A Troy man faces sentencing later this month for beating his sleeping wife with a baseball bat, breaking every bone in her head.
The Western News reports (http://bit.ly/1kU5K8J ) 36-year-old Joshua Junior Peterson is scheduled to be sentenced on May 19 after pleading guilty to aggravated assault. The agreement recommends a 25-year sentence with seven suspended, but District Judge James Wheelis could sentence him to up to 30 years.
Peterson was initially charged with attempted deliberate homicide, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon for the September 2013 beating of Tracee Peterson that left her hospitalized for nearly two months.
While Tracee Peterson was glad her children didn't have to testify at trial, she said she had no doubt that her husband intended to kill her.