Demers cited many factors in trying to find a lesser sentence, together with sexual assaults that Sparks endured as youngster, a beating by law enforcement in Texas that pressured him to admit to burglaries he did not commit, rapes in jail and mental well being struggles for the reason that of all that.
Police say Sparks and his girlfriend lived together in Butte and on Sept. 17, 2020, he caught a pistol in her eye and instructed her he was likely to get rid of her. He also hit her in the confront with the gun. He admitted to both when he pleaded guilty to two assault fees in April.
Above a period of a number of hours in Butte, he also allegedly pointed a handgun at a gentleman in a bar even though seeking for his girlfriend, had operate-ins with others, and whilst seeking to elude law enforcement, crashed his pickup into a parked car or truck. Various people today noted listening to gunshots during the ordeal.
Ahead of that night, Demers explained Sparks experienced lived in Butte for numerous months, was operating on his possess company, had buddies and mentors, funds in the bank and was a volunteer with the Salvation Army in Butte.
In a sentencing advice he submitted with the court docket, Demers involved a 3-website page letter from local Salvation Army Director Tina Morin praising Sparks for his volunteer attempts, kindness and generosity. It in the end led to a location on the group’s nearby advisory board.
Demers also included a newspaper article about a $1.25 million lawsuit Sparks filed from the town of Lampasas, Texas and its law enforcement main expressing he was beaten in the course of an interrogation in 1981 and pressured to confess to burglaries he did not commit.