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Tyrell John Molina Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on August 10, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, TYRELL JOHN MOLINA, a 24-year-old resident of Rocky Boy, appeared for sentencing. MOLINA was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 21 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: $10,567.45
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

MOLINA was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to burglary.

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

On June 28, 2007, it was discovered that someone had broken into a building at Stone Child College, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation, and stolen an Arctic Cat quad, an air compressor, and over $12,000 in equine equipment, including seven saddles.

On August 8, 2007, MOLINA was arrested for conduct unrelated to the burglary at Stone Child College. While booking MOLINA into jail, it was discovered that he had a quad key in his possession.

On August 9, 2007, when interviewed by law enforcement, MOLINA admitted that he had broken into the building at Stone Child College on June 28, 2007, and moved several saddles and various other items of horse riding equipment out of the building. MOLINA stated that he then kicked another door open to get into the garage and loaded the saddles and other equipment on to the Arctic Cat and drove it to a coulee near his mother's house, where he hid it.

MOLINA stated that the next morning he enlisted Lionel Molina's help to move the stolen equipment to another location.

Law enforcement located the stolen Arctic Cat in a coulee near MOLINA'S mother's house and also recovered the stolen air compressor from the individual who had purchased it from MOLINA. The equine equipment was not recovered.

The stolen equipment was valued at $13,000.

Lionel Molina pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MOLINA will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MOLINA 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 a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Chippewa-Cree Law Enforcement Division.



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