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Grandmother of murdered West Yellowstone boy pleads guilty to deliberate homicide

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Posted at 5:27 PM, May 26, 2023

Patricia Batts, accused in the murder of her grandson Alex Hurley in February 2020, pleaded guilty on Friday to deliberate homicide.

In a plea deal prosecutors say took months of negotiations, Batts pleaded guilty to three of five charges against her: deliberate homicide, criminal child endangerment, and tampering with a witness or informant.

The Gallatin County Attorney's Office decided in January 2023 not to pursue the death penalty against Batts, meaning she faces a sentence of life in prison for the torture and death of then-12-year-old Hurley.

This is the last piece of a five-part puzzle; already four people have been charged and subsequently sentenced in the case, Batts being the last.

A sentencing hearing is set for July, and Alicia Davis, Hurley’s mother, says she intends to make a victim impact statement.