Monte Arlen Parker, Jr. Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on April 7, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, MONTE ARLEN PARKER, JR., a 22-year-old resident of Lame Deer, pled guilty to robbery. Sentencing is set for July 8, 2009. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On the evening of November 23, 2008, agents were dispatched to the Cheyenne Depot store in Lame Deer to investigate a robbery.
Upon their arrival, the two cashiers were interviewed. They stated that just before midnight, a man wearing a red bandana and women's sunglasses exited the bathroom. The man looked similar to PARKER, a former employee at the store. He had sprayed one of the cashiers in the face with pepper spray, causing her pain, while making threats to both of them. The man then proceeded to the cash registers and took approximately $3,000 and left the store. Further investigation in the vicinity that PARKER fled was conducted and a pair of women's sunglasses similar to those worn by PARKER were recovered.
Interviews were conducted with PARKER'S girlfriend. In her second statement she disclosed that PARKER had told her he was going to rob the Cheyenne Depot and that he took a pair of her sunglasses and pepper spray with him. PARKER already had a red bandana in his possession. The girlfriend reviewed video surveillance footage of the robbery and confirmed the man robbing the store was in fact PARKER. She also identified the sunglasses recovered as belonging to her.
Several other witnesses were interviewed who had additional information relating to PARKER'S involvement in the robbery, as well as information about PARKER being terminated from the store for employee theft.
When interviewed, PARKER admitted that he had robbed the Cheyenne Depot. He confirmed his own identity in the surveillance video and estimated that he stole approximately $3,000 from the store, most of which he had already spent.
PARKER faces possible penalties of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek prosecuted the case for the United States.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.