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Whitefish man pleads guilty, mentally ill in father’s death

November 21, 2019

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Whitefish man has pleaded guilty to killing his father during an episode of extreme mental stress.

The Flathead Beacon reports 27-year-old Tanner Hosek entered his plea Thursday to mitigated deliberate homicide by reason of mental disorder in the July 2018 stabbing death of 65-year-old Eric Hosek.

Tanner Hosek appeared before a District Court judge in Kalispell via video from the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs. He has been at the state psychiatric hospital since last year.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 23.

Court records say Tanner Hosek has long struggled with mental health issues and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He was a ward of his parents as the time of his father’s death.

Linda Hosek told investigators her son had been in a psychotic state for two weeks prior to the stabbing.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com