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Amy Sue Whitegrass Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Monday, January 05, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 5, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, AMY SUE WHITEGRASS, an 18-year-old resident of Browning, appeared for sentencing. WHITEGRASS was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 33 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

WHITEGRASS was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to assault with a dangerous weapon.

In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On May 2, 2008, in the early morning hours, the victim, C.G., went looking for WHITEGRASS, his girlfriend. C.G. located WHITEGRASS in the home of another male, and told her to "come on, let's go." C.G. and WHITEGRASS then walked to a friend's home, which is located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Upon arriving at the friend's home, C.G. and WHITEGRASS began arguing. During the argument, C.G. pushed WHITEGRASS' face and she hit her lip on a coffee table. After she hit her lip, WHITEGRASS walked into the kitchen, picked up a knife, and walked back into the living room where C.G. was seated on the couch. WHITEGRASS walked across the living room, sat on C.G.'s lap and "chopped" C.G. in the head with the knife. C.G. was taken to Indian Health Services hospital in Browning and received medical treatment for the knife wound.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that WHITEGRASS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, WHITEGRASS does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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