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Jury again finds Polak guilty of 2015 murder in Billings Heights

Posted at 2:00 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 18:35:37-04

BILLINGS – After five hours’ deliberation in a new trial, a jury found a Billings man guilty Friday of a 2015 murder in a dispute over a woman.

Joseph Richard Polak II, 36, was originally convicted for shooting and killing 29-year-old Scott Hofferber in a Billings Heights trailer court in the fall of 2015.

The Montana Supreme Court ordered a new trial, ruling District Court Judge Mary Jane Knisely improperly excluded evidence indicating a key witness may have been on drugs during the crime.

Polak is serving an 80-year sentence for killing Hofferber in what was described as a dispute over a woman, Andrea Sattler.

This second trial began Monday before Judge Rod Souza.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 25.

Reporting by Zoe Zandora for MTN News