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Channing Eder Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 8, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, CHANNING EDER, a 20-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared for sentencing. EDER was sentenced to a term of:

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

EDER was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

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

During the early morning hours of February 21, 2007, at a residence in Wolf Point, EDER punched and kicked N.R.T. a number of times in various places, including N.R.T.'s head.

The treating physician would have testified that N.R.T. suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and required urgent cranial surgery on February 24, 2007. The physician would also have testified to the seriousness of the brain injury, due to the substantial risk of death and the protracted loss of brain functioning.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that EDER will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, EDER 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 Rebekah J. French prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Fort Belknap Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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