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Jessie Phillip Yellowrobe Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 30, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JESSIE PHILLIP YELLOWROBE, age 55, appeared for sentencing. YELLOWROBE was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 24 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: lifetime

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

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On May 13, 2004, YELLOWROBE was sentenced to 21 months custody followed by three years supervised released for a conviction of abusive sexual contact. YELLOWROBE served his time and was released, but then revoked for violating various conditions of supervised release.

When released from prison again in February 2008, YELLOWROBE registered with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, listing the Montana Rescue Mission as his residence. When contacted by a probation officer in March, the Rescue Mission reported that YELLOWROBE had not lived there since February 18,2008, and his whereabouts were unknown.

YELLOWROBE was finally located and arrested on March 20, 2008, but he had not been at his registered address during any of that time period.

The Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Registry confirmed that YELLOWROBE did not update his registration as required by law and the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office also verified that he had not updated his registration through their office.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that YELLOWROBE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, YELLOWROBE does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.



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