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Douglas Joseph Day Rider Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on July 20, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, DOUGLAS JOSEPH DAY RIDER, a 28-year-old resident of Browning, appeared for sentencing. DAY RIDER was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 23 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

DAY RIDER 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 March 3, 2001, DAY RIDER was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor and served 16 months incarceration. Following his release, DAY RIDER was informed of the requirement to register. He registered by filing a Montana Department of Justice Sexual and Violent Offender Registration Form on August 2, 2001, listing an address in Browning. He updated the form on November 2, 2001, listing a different address in Browning. This was his last registration, and to date, he has not filed or updated his registration.

On March 3, 2009, DAY RIDER was interviewed by a deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service. DAY RIDER stated that he had been working and living at the Warbonnet Lodge in Browning from February 2 to February 27, 2009. DAY RIDER'S statement was confirmed by the manager and owner of the Warbonnet Lodge.

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



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