Man who killed ex-wife in Jamestown gets life, no parole

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his ex-wife in Jamestown last year has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Authorities say 25-year-old Nicole Gututala was found shot to death in a vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment building on May 12, 2018. Twenty-seven-year-old Kevin Hoff turned himself in a short time later.

KQDJ radio reports that the slaying happened after Hoff lost an appeal of a court order giving his ex-wife sole custody of their two children. He also had been served with a foreclosure notice on his home.

Hoff pleaded guilty to murder in November. He was sentenced Thursday.