Vegas man gets life in ax attack that killed baby

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Vegas man gets life in ax attack that killed baby
This image provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Harold Montague, 33, who is being held on murder and attempted murder charges in the Thursday, Feb. 1, 2010 ax slaying of a four-month-old Damien Avila-Castro in a stroller in a Las Vegas neighborhood and attacks on the boy's mother, Sandra Lisset Castro, and Monica O'Dazier, Montague's sister-in-law. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 38-year-old Las Vegas man has been ordered to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing a 4-month-old baby with a medieval-style battle ax and critically wounding the child's mother in a random attack on a sidewalk.

Harold Eugene Montague was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty but mentally ill in May to first-degree murder with a deadly weapon, attempted murder and battery on a police officer.

Damian Avila Castro was killed, and his mother, Sandra Castro, was gravely injured in the random, February 2010 sidewalk attack. The mother had been pushing her baby in a stroller and headed to the store.

Montague also stabbed his disabled sister-in-law, Monica O'Dazier, multiple times inside their home before bursting outside.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Montague offered a brief apology at Wednesday's hearing.

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