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Hamilton man sentenced in death of 9-year-old

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Posted at 8:31 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 23:22:54-04

HAMILTON — On Tuesday, Hamilton man Joseph McNamara, 60, was sentenced to 55 years in prison, without the possibility of parole.

McNamara was found guilty back in June for the death of 9-year-old Robert Leonardi, who died in a hit-and-run crash last July.

McNamara was found guilty of negligent homicide, two charges of criminal endangerment, tampering with evidence, and possession of methamphetamine. Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright also noted McNamara's lengthy criminal history out of the state of Pennsylvania.

Fulbright said at the hearing on Tuesday, Leonardi's parents read very emotional statements about the loss of their son to a packed courtroom.

This sentencing hearing was originally set for next week, but Fulbright asked to move it up so the parents could be present as classes at Corvallis High School, where they both teach. Those classes begin next week.