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Man dies on day he was scheduled to be sentenced for a felony sex crime

1-22-16 Montana:

A sentencing in a case involving sex abuse charges was canceled Thursday after the man's attorney confirmed he had killed himself.

Bryan Lee Hanson, 49, was set to be sentenced by Yellowstone County District Court Judge Mary Jane Knisely. Hanson's attorney Brad Arndorfer confirmed the suicide.

Yellowstone County sheriff's officers responded about 2:30 p.m. Thursday to a call about a suicide at Sportsman's Park in Laurel.

Hanson pleaded guilty in November to a felony sex charge after admitting he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl by touching her breasts under her clothing numerous times. The Yellowstone County sheriff’s office began investigating in 2014 after the victim’s mother reported the sexual abuse to Laurel police.

The Yellowstone County Attorney's office was recommending a five-year Montana Department of Corrections commitment with 15 years of probation to follow. ..Source.. by Gazette Staff

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