Man gets 130-year term for assaults on children

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – A man accused of butchering a 10-year-old boy and feeding his remains to unsuspecting neighbors was sentenced Thursday to 130 years in prison without parole for assaults on two other children.

State District Judge Kenneth Neill, citing Nathaniel Bar-Jonah's extensive record of crimes against children, turned down a request from defense attorneys that Bar-Jonah be sent to the state psychiatric hospital instead of prison.

Bar-Jonah was convicted in February of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old neighbor boy in his apartment in 1999 and assaulting the boy's 8-year-old cousin by hanging him by his neck from a rope to watch him choke.

Both boys testified at the trial.

Bar-Jonah faces separate kidnapping and murder charges involving the 1996 disappearance of another boy, Zachary Ramsay.