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Kenneth Lee Looksbehind Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 25, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, KENNETH LEE LOOKSBEHIND, a 53-year-old resident of Billings/Busby, appeared for sentencing. LOOKSBEHIND was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 24 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

LOOKSBEHIND was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to failure to register as a sexual offender.

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

On September 28, 1995, LOOKSBEHIND was convicted of second degree rape, a felony, in Spokane County Washington. LOOKSBEHIND was sentenced to 62 months in prison. After serving his sentence, he was released to probation in Washington. LOOKSBEHIND was required to register as a sexual offender as part of his sentence and knew of that requirement. LOOKSBEHIND also was informed that he needed to provide written notice of any change in address.

LOOKSBEHIND ultimately traveled to Montana, where he resided in the Busby area. LOOKSBEHIND registered with Montana Disability Determination Services (Social Security Disability Income) to receive monetary benefits, giving a mailing address in Busby. LOOKSBEHIND failed to register at any time in Montana from his approximate arrival date in May of 2008.

In July 2008, the United States Marshals Service received information that LOOKSBEHIND, a prior convicted sexual offender from the State of Washington, was believed to have left his last known registered address in Spokane, Washington, and was receiving government disability checks in Busby.

The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, the Bighorn County Sheriff's Office, and the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Police all verified that LOOKSBEHIND had not registered.

The Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Registry confirmed that LOOKSBEHIND was currently out of compliance with Montana's Sexual Offender Registry requirements and had been so since entering Montana in approximately May of 2008.

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

The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshals Service.



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