LIBBY — The 64-year-old longtime Kalispell attorney convicted of seriously injuring his ex-partner and killing her 52-year-old male companion in a shooting that occurred last year after he followed them to a Libby campground has been sentenced to 60 years in the Montana State Prison.
Garry Douglas Seaman pleaded guilty to felony charges of deliberate homicide and attempted deliberate homicide in Lincoln County District Court as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors. He originally pleaded not guilty to charges in June 2022; however, he changed his plea in August before Missoula District Judge Jason Marks.
Judge Marks accepted the plea agreement laid out between Lincoln County Attorney Marcia Boris and Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jeffrey Zwang, along with defense attorneys Nick Brooke and John Smith. Each count will run concurrently, and Seaman will not be eligible for parole until he has served a minimum of 18 years, by which point he would be 82 years old. If he becomes eligible for parole, he would be prohibited from owning or carrying a dangerous weapon and he would be required to register as a violent offender.
Seaman is ordered to pay $5,737 in restitution, most of which will be transferred to a Crime Victim Compensation Fund. None of the victims requested restitution, which was previously settled in civil court.
Seaman received credit for 501 days served in the Lincoln County Detention Center.
Judge Marks cited the sentencing term’s conformity to the plea agreement and the lack of objection from the victims in the case. He also noted that by the time Seaman would be eligible