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An Anaconda judge told a man convicted by jury of incest he should remain in prison until he takes responsibility for his disturbing actions. Even if that means he’ll die behind bars.

Joshua James Kline, 39, will not be eligible for parole until he completes phase two of sex offender treatment, which includes admitting the crime.

“If not, you’ll be an untreated sex offender and be where you should be in Montana State Prison,” District Judge Ray Dayton said at the sentencing hearing Friday morning in Anaconda.

A jury found Kline guilty of giving a relative methamphetamine and then having sex with the juvenile on numerous occasions. He received a sentence of life in prison for incest, 20 years incarceration for criminal distribution of dangerous drugs and five years in prison for endangering the welfare of children.  The sentences will run concurrently.

Kline, who maintains his innocence, was cavalier throughout the hearing. He shrugged as the judge handed down the sentence.

“I’m a good person,” Kline read in a prepared statement, in which he said he will get a retrial and be exonerated.

Kline is already a registered sexual and violent offender from previous convictions of rape and robbery. He had completed the first phase after being incarcerated for a charge of sexual assault.

“Mark my words, I will be free,” Kline said.

“As I leave with my head held high, knowing I will get out of prison before I die.”

Officials were anxious to get Kline out of the county jail after a Halloween escape attempt with another sex offender. The county attorney’s office has dismissed a charge of felony escape for the time being in order to expedite the process. Prosecutors can refile the charge later.

Kline and another inmate tried to break out of the jail after making a hole in the wall of the shower but ended up caught in a crawlspace.

As soon as the hearing was done, officials were on the phone with the prison to get Kline transported immediately. This will not be his first time at the Deer Lodge facility.

Kline’s extensive criminal history started when he was a teen. He was convicted of his first felony charge at age 18.

“As the years went by, his crimes seemed to escalate,” said Tara Billteen, the state probation and parole officer who conducted the pre-sentence investigation.

In his 21 years as an adult, Kline has spent 17 of those either incarcerated or under supervision.

“This crime has torn his whole family apart,” Billteen added.

The victim opted not to testify at the sentencing hearing. An impact statement from the victim’s mother was read by prosecutors.

“I hate him and our lives will never be the same,” she wrote.

“This is a mother’s worst nightmare.”

Meanwhile, Kline awaits sentencing after he and his cousin, George Kelly Kline, robbed the Copper Club casino in Helena.

He pleaded guilty to felony robbery. A sentencing hearing is slated for Dec. 11 in that case.

Joshua Kline was hospitalized after an employee at the casino beat him with a baseball bat on Nov. 24, 2013. Testing at the hospital revealed Kline had amphetamines and opiates in his system, police said.

Police later arrested George Kline after finding him hiding underneath a bed in Butte.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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