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Helena man sentenced to life in prison for 2018 homicide

Posted at 4:53 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 23:18:53-05

Journey Wienke, the third and final man sentenced in connection with a 2018 double murder in the Helena Valley, was sentenced to life in prison.

Wienke will be parole eligible after 30 years.

District Court Judge Mike Menahan announced Wienke’s sentence after a hearing Friday afternoon.

In October, a jury convicted Wienke on two counts of deliberate homicide, in connection with the deaths of David and Charla Taylor. The Taylors’ bodies were found in their home on Cayuse Road in March 2018.

Wienke went to the victims’ home that night, along with their son Kaleb and another man, Kyle Hamm. Kaleb Taylor has admitted he then attacked and killed his parents.

The jury found Wienke guilty of participating in both murders.

Kaleb Taylor is already serving two life sentences in prison, after he pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide. Hamm was also convicted of deliberate homicide in October. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison last week.