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Nov 14, 2013 1:04 AM by Melissa Rafferty - Missoula

Missoula man going to prison for shooting his wife

MISSOULA - Mark Byron Tabish of Missoula will spend 10 years in the Montana State Prison for shooting his wife in the face.

Missoula District Court Judge John Larson sentenced Tabish, 55, to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, with 10 of those years suspended.

The shooting happened on May 8, 2013; Tabish told investigators he was drunk and didn't remember shooting his wife in the face.

Tabish's wife told police she was sleeping, and when she woke up she discovered her face was bleeding. She then drove herself to the emergency room.

Tabish's blood alcohol content was more than four times the legal driving limit when he was arrested, and he told investigators he was drinking all day and bought the .22 caliber rifle.

Court documents state that Tabish told police he wanted to kill his wife, their dog, and then himself.

Tabish had earlier pleaded no contest to attempted deliberate homicide.

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