Thursday, March 4, 2021

Convicted murderer Wood gets 100 years with no parole

Even at the end, convicted murderer Danielle Wood proclaimed her innocence.But her proclamation mattered none to Sanders County District Court Judge Deborah "Kim" Christopher as she sentenced Wood to 100 years without the chance of parole to the Montana State Women's Prison Tuesday morning in Thompson Falls.

Tribune Publishing

Wood, 56, of Polson, was found guilty of deliberate homicide Jan. 29 in the shooting death of Thompson Falls resident Matt LaFriniere.

Wood was accused of shooting Matt LaFriniere three times with a .38 caliber revolver and then using a "burner" cellphone to try and lead investigators away from suspecting her.

LaFriniere and Wood had been in a years-long custody battle over a child they had together.

Family members and friends of LaFriniere spoke of the effects of the crime and the divide in the family due to his murder.

Montana Department of Justice attorney Stephanie Robles, who argued the case with state Department of Justice attorney Dan Guzynski, argued for the maximum sentence.

Wood's attorney, public defender Greg Rapkoch, argued for the minimum sentence of 10 years.

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