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GREAT FALLS - A Great Falls man who beat his girlfriend nearly to death has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

On Tuesday, victim Jo Vavaro wept in a Cascade County courtroom as 26-year-old Edward Bailey was sentenced. District Judge Kenneth Neill gave Bailey 30 years in prison, with 10 years suspended, for aggravated assault and criminal endangerment.

Neill accepted a plea agreement recommending those terms.

Bailey pleaded guilty last month to beating Vavaro with a table leg. The two got in a fight after Bailey returned from a night of drinking.

In court Tuesday, prosecuting attorney Joel Thompson read a letter written by Vavaro in which she asked the judge to put Bailey away for a long time.

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