Alberta man gets life in prison for double shooting in U.S.

By The Canadian Press
August 31, 2016 - 7:34am

KALISPELL, Mont. — A Canadian man convicted of shooting his ex-girlfriend and a man during what U.S. prosecutors say was a jealous rage has been sentenced to life in prison in Montana.

The Flathead Beacon reports 41-year-old Michael Ilk of Alberta was sentenced Monday on two counts of attempted deliberate homicide and two counts of aggravated assault.

Prosecutors say he fired about 10 shots at his ex-girlfriend, Hadassah Pereslete, and Tyler Wilson, at a construction site in Montana where Pereslete worked.

Pereslete and Wilson, both of Eureka, Mont., each were hit twice during the April 15, 2015, shooting.

Ilk followed them to the Eureka Law Enforcement Center, where he was arrested.

Defence attorneys argued that Wilson shot first and that Ilk fired back in self-defence. Ilk maintained his innocence in a letter he read at his sentencing hearing.

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