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Hoff sentenced to life without parole

A Montpelier, N.D., man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in Southeast District Court in Jamestown Thursday.

Kevin Hoff, 27, had pleaded guilty on Nov. 6 in the May 12 murder of his former wife, Nicole Gututala. When Hoff guilty plea, he said he waited for Gututala to get in her car, then shot her three times in the head. He then called 911 and drove to the Stutsman County Law Enforcement Center to turn himself in.

Judge Troy LeFevre pronounced the sentence Thursday, saying it was “obviously simply a horrific crime committed by Mr. Hoff.”

Three members of Gututala’s family provided victim impact statements asking for a sentence of life without parole.