Hatfield sentenced to life in prison for killing his father
By John Emeigh - MTN News
Adam Hatfield, convicted of killing his father in 2008, was sentenced in Butte on Tuesday to life in prison.
Adam Hatfield, convicted for the 2008 murder of his father, was sentenced in Butte on Tuesday to life in prison.
Hatfield appeared to handle the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison the same way he handled being found guilty of murdering his father: with indifference.
The 25-year-old showed no emotion when Judge Kurt Krueger sentenced him to life in the Montana State Prison for the 2008 beating death of his 49-year-old father, Matt Hatfield, in a cabin off Roosevelt Drive.
Deputy County Attorney Samm Cox recommended a harsh sentence for Hatfield's lack of remorse.
"I think the level of callous indifference is the primary reason the court needs to recognize the dangerousness of the defendant," said Cox.
Adam Hatfield's younger sister got up to speak during the hearing saying she believes her older brother did not do this crime.
"Because my brother is a good person, he's supportive emotionally, I've never seen him show any physical violence," said Danielle Hatfield.
In the end, Judge Krueger had the final word, and that was a life sentence.
He believes Adam Hatfield showed no remorse for his crime.
"During the trial, I didn't find that you displayed any outward sign of loss or grief in relation to your father," said Krueger.
Hatfield has always maintained his innocence and will likely appeal his case.