BILLINGS - A 37-year-old Billings man has been sentenced to the state mental hospital for an attack on a 7-year-old girl last year.
Jason M. Baxter was sentenced Thursday by District Judge Gregory Todd to five years with the Department of Health and Human Services. Baxter's public defender, Matt Claus, says the sentence will result in his client being committed to the Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs.
Baxter previously pleaded guilty to felony assault on a minor for climbing over a fence and trying to rape a young girl as she played in her back yard last May. The charge was reduced from felony attempted sexual assault under a plea agreement.
An evaluation at the Montana State Hospital revealed Baxter suffered from a serious mental illness.