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Thomas John Latterell Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Monday, June 08, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on June 8, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, THOMAS JOHN LATTERELL, a 46-year-old resident of Westby, appeared for sentencing. LATTERELL was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 30 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

LATTERELL 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 December 13, 2008, Sheridan County dispatch received a 911 hang up call from LATTERELL'S residence in Westby. A deputy then made contact with LATTERELL and subsequently learned that LATTERELL had a felony conviction requiring him to register as a sexual offender.

In September of 1996, LATTERELL had been convicted for felony assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse causing bodily injury in Iowa. LATTERELL was therefore required to register under the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act due to his conviction. LATTERELL registered as a sexual offender in Iowa in June of 2006, and updated that registration in November of 2006. He subsequently moved to Montana where he was residing in Westby.

The Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Registry confirmed that LATTERELL had not registered or updated his registration as required by law and the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office also verified that he had not registered or updated his registration through their office, thus he was out of compliance.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that LATTERELL will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, LATTERELL 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 U.S. Marshals Service.



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