Ronald Lewis Kercher Ii Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 1, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, RONALD LEWIS KERCHER II, a resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. KERCHER was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 15 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 7 years
KERCHER 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 November 30, 1998, in Jefferson County, KERCHER was convicted of felony sexual intercourse without consent, the victim being a 13-year-old female. KERCHER was sentenced to 5 years in prison with the provisions that he was required to register as a sex offender and could not associate with children under 18 years of age without a responsible adult present. KERCHER was designated as Tier 2 offender by the same court.
On March 3, 2003, KERCHER was registered as a sex offender after his release from prison.
KERCHER ultimately failed to register in Yellowstone County. On February 21, 2008, a felony bench warrant of arrest for failure to register as a sex offender was issued.
On March 12, 2008, the U.S. Marshals Service Montana Violent Offender Task Force (MVOTF) located and arrested KERCHER based on the warrant.
On April 24, 2008, Yellowstone County District Court convicted KERCHER with the crime of failure to register as a sex offender and released KERCHER on the condition he make himself available on his sentencing date. KERCHER failed to appear for his sentencing date of August 29, 2008, and the court issued a bench warrant of arrest on September 4, 2008.
On September 9, 2008, task force members went to KERCHER'S last listed address in Billings and learned that he had been evicted and moved out sometime in early August, with no forwarding address information.
On October 8, 2008, KERCHER was arrested by the Woodstock Police Department in Woodstock, Georgia, for driving while his license was suspended or revoked. A routine criminal history check revealed the active arrest warrant from Yellowstone County and indicated that KERCHER was a convicted sex offender. KERCHER was extradited back to Montana.
A review of the Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Registry and the Yellowstone County's Sheriff's Office's records confirmed that KERCHER had not registered as required. The Georgia Sex Offender Registry also confirmed that KERCHER never registered as required after moving to Georgia in approximately August of 2008.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that KERCHER will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, KERCHER 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.