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William Fred Old Rock Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 15, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, WILLIAM FRED OLD ROCK, a 20-year-old resident of Browning, appeared for sentencing. OLD ROCK was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 37 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

OLD ROCK was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter.

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

On September 27, 2007, OLD ROCK borrowed a PT Cruiser from a friend to take his friend, D.L. (the victim), home. OLD ROCK had been drinking before the incident. As OLD ROCK was driving on Starr School road approximately 11 miles from Browning, he began to pass a white pickup truck being driven by P.C. While he was passing P.C.'s truck, OLD ROCK handed the victim a cigarette. As he did so, he ran into P.C.'s truck, causing her to leave the road. The PT Cruiser also ran off the road, began flipping, and came to rest on it's roof. Neither OLD ROCK nor the victim were wearing their seatbelts. The victim was ejected from the car and died as a result of the injuries he received in the wreck. Several witnesses saw OLD ROCK climb out of the driver's side window of the car. He then fled the scene and was arrested later that day. His blood was drawn and his blood-alcohol level was 0.15 GM/100ML.

OLD ROCK was interviewed and stated that he had been drinking the day of the incident. He also stated that he was driving the victim home when the wreck occurred.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that OLD ROCK will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, OLD ROCK 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 Bureau of Indian Affairs in Browning.



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