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Montana man sentenced to prison for rape

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GREAT FALLS - Philip Bryson Grimshaw was sentenced Friday on a charge of sexual intercourse without consent

He was found guilty of the charge in September. 

Grimshaw was sentenced to 40 years in the Montana State Prison, with 20 years suspended.

On Nov. 21, 2016, officers were called to the emergency department at Benefis Health System for a report of a woman who reported she had been raped.

Officers learned that on Nov. 11, Grimshaw invited the woman to his home for a party.

At some point, Grimshaw reportedly became upset and punched a picture frame, cutting his hand. The woman was able to calm him down and agreed to drive him around and they went to her residence. 

Later that night, the woman woke up to find that Grimshaw had removed her pants and underwear and he was raping her. She immediately told him to stop, court records state, but Grimshaw allegedly continued the sexual assault. 

At one point during the attack, Grimshaw reportedly strangled the woman until she blacked out. 

Court documents allege that when the woman woke up later, Grimshaw was still there and he apologized to her.

He also sent her a text message which read: "I'm sorry about last night. I love you darling. I know you probably never want to talk to me after what happened."

When interviewed by police, Grimshaw admitted forcing the woman to have intercourse with him, even though he knew that she did not want to.

He said that he believed his actions constituted rape, and that he was sorry. He also said the woman's version of what happened "would be the most accurate."

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