Corrine Ann Yellow Owl Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
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, CORRINE ANN YELLOW OWL, a 41-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared for sentencing. YELLOW OWL was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 32 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 3 years
YELLOW OWL 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:
During the mid-day hours of October 22, 2005, the victim and two others were in a van in front of a Poplar residence on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. YELLOW OWL, in another vehicle, came up next to the van. YELLOW OWL told the victim that he could not leave because there was a warrant for his arrest and YELLOW OWL had called the police. The victim got back into the van and the van then began to leave the scene. YELLOW OWL, now out of her car, pulled open the van door and started swinging something at the victim. The victim was stabbed on the right forearm.
The victim was interviewed and told tribal police that he had been stabbed by his girlfriend, YELLOW OWL. He also confirmed that YELLOW OWL pulled up beside them, along with her passenger. YELLOW OWL told him that he had an outstanding warrant and that she had called police. The victim got back into the van and then YELLOW OWL ran up and started stabbing him in the forearm. The victim was unaware of what YELLOW OWL used to stab him.
Hospital medical records indicate that the victim was stabbed in the top of the right forearm. The stab wound required multiple stitches to close. The puncture wound went all the way through the forearm and came out the other side of his forearm.
Tribal officers went to YELLOW OWL'S home in Poplar. On the door, the officers saw a note addressed to YELLOW OWL'S passenger that said, "I went to town to kill (the victim)! U will find me there! Love, SIS."
When interviewed, YELLOW OWL admitted that she stabbed the victim on October 22, 2005. She said that it was in response to his beating her up and breaking her nose the day before. She stated she went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a broken nose. Hospital records confirm that YELLOW OWL was treated for a broken nose on October 21, 2005.
YELLOW OWL said that on October 22, 2005, she woke up and looked in the mirror. Her broken nose was swollen and bleeding and that this made her angry. She cleaned up the house and decided that she needed to kill him "before he killed her." She told officers that she was fearful that he would kill her, and she believed that police would not do anything to stop him. YELLOW OWL told her cousin that she was going to "find (the victim) and kill him before he finds me and kills me." YELLOW OWL then took a knife from her house and left to find him.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that YELLOW OWL will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, YELLOW OWL 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 Carl E. Rostad prosecuted the case for the United States.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.