(MTN News-HELENA) A Helena man accused of a brutal attack last year that permanently disabled his victim is handed a lengthy prison term.
Jim Randolph Oliver was arrested last March for attacking Ashley Kambic, the mother of his three sons in her home during a drug-fueled rage, stabbing her four times and strangling her.
He was allegedly upset that Kambic had kicked him out of the house for drug use.
During the attack, the Kambic pounded her hands and legs on the floor of the home in hopes of warning her father, who was downstairs at the time.
Kambics’ father stopped the attack when he struck Oliver in the head with a baseball bat.
A month ago, Oliver agreed to enter an Alford plea in the case, admitting if a jury heard the case, he’d likely be convicted.
During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Kambic read a statement into the court record.
She called her ten-year relationship with Oliver abusive and controlling.
She also detailed the devastating financial, emotional and psychological impact the attack had on her and her sons.
Kambics’ injuries required a life-flight to Seattle, where she spent four days in a coma, suffered a stroke and spent a week in intensive care. She says she’s now permanently disabled because of the injuries she suffered and experience daily pain from her wounds.
Kambic addressed Oliver directly, thanking him for what happened and how it has set the course for her future.
“The worst night of mine and my families life has turned out to be one of our greatest blessings, and we have you to thank for that,” said Kambic. “The last 16 months have been amazing. Life is good for us now. Every single day is full of love, life, kindness, and togetherness. Finally, we are free. After today I plan on leaving here and every thought of you behind me. But I hope that you think of me every single day for the rest of your life.”
Before the sentence was announced, Oliver spoke to the court.
“I just want to say, for what it’s worth, I’m sorry for the damage I’ve caused. And, uh, I’m sorry,” said Oliver.
Judge Kathy Seeley sentenced Oliver to 60 years in the state prison and ordered him to serve 20 years before he is eligible for parole.
He must also pay $25,000.00 in restitution.
Reporter: Dennis Carlson