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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: 84 months, consecutive to his sentence for assault resulting in serious bodily injury

  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: $
  • Supervised Release: years

EDER was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

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

During the evening of October 8, 2007, EDER went to his mother's home in Wolf Point where EDER'S uncle was visiting his mother. EDER and his uncle got into an argument because his uncle suspected EDER of breaking the windshield of his uncle's car. EDER, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, pulled a .380 semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at his uncle while demanding that he give him money. His uncle gave EDER $30 and a small bag of marijuana.

When questioned, EDER admitted that he pulled the gun when his uncle refused to give him money or drugs and then took the money and marijuana from him.

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 Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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