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David Flaget sits with a puppy he'd just adopted shortly before he was killed by James Russell.

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Russell sentenced to life for murder
January 31, 2023 1 a.m.

Russell sentenced to life for murder

James D. Russell was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the brutal slaying of the caretaker of his family's property in Clark Fork. In her ruling, First District Judge Barbara Buchanan said the sentence was the only one possible to protect society — and James D. Russell himself — following the September 2021 murder of David M. Flaget, who worked as a caretaker of the Russell family's property in Clark Fork in September 2021.