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Las Vegas Man Pleads Guilty to Horrific Crime, Will Serve Life

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty but mentally insane wants to apologize and explain his delusions when he's sentenced to life in prison for hacking a 4-month-old baby in a stroller to death with a medieval-style battle ax and critically wounding the child's mother, his attorney said Friday.

Harold Eugene Montague's public defense lawyer, Norm Reed, said he hoped the apology and explanation bring closure to the victims, neighbors and first-responders traumatized by the random attack on a normally quiet downtown Las Vegas residential street more than four years ago.

"It will be important for everyone involved to hear Harold's account," Reed told The Associated Press. "The story he tells is a delusional story. It's been gut-wrenching for everybody."

Montague, 38, pleaded guilty Thursday in Clark County District Court to first-degree murder with a deadly weapon, two counts of attempted murder and battery on a police officer.

The plea deal with prosecutors means Montague won't face trial or the death penalty, but will be imprisoned with no chance of parole.

Prosecutor Giancarlo Pesci didn't immediately respond Friday to messages. Sentencing is scheduled July 30."Nobody would be comfortable with Harold getting out of prison," Reed said, "but I don't think executing him is appropriate either. That's why we came to this conclusion."

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