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Harold Dean Dupree Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 18, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, HAROLD DEAN DUPREE, a 54-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared for sentencing. DUPREE was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 160 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: $3,950
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

DUPREE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter.

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

At about 11:00 p.m. on June 21, 2008, the victim, E.W., another male individual, R.F., and two females pulled into the yard of H.F.'s mother's house where he and his girlfriend also lived. H.F.'s mother is DUPREE'S sister. The four stayed in the yard for a while, talking and drinking beer.

That same evening, DUPREE was visiting his son at a residence across the alley from the R.F. home. DUPREE had no fixed residence and was at the time staying with his sister. DUPREE had also been drinking. He and his wife were in their car close to where H.F.'s car was parked.

DUPREE yelled something at the four, and E.W. responded. DUPREE told E.W. that if he didn't get away from his window that he would "cut off his head." DUPREE got out of his car and he and E.W. began arguing. R.F. told DUPREE to leave because his mother was home and DUPREE was not to be around the R.F. home when he was drunk. R.F. got between the two men and told them to knock it off. E.W. took off his shirt and hat and told DUPREE, "If you want to fight, let's go." He then pushed past R.F., and E.W. and DUPREE began to push and shove each other. DUPREE went to the ground. E.W., however, had been stabbed in the left side of his chest and blood was flowing freely from the wound. E.W. staggered to H.F.'s car and collapsed.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that DUPREE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, DUPREE 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 Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division.



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