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Louie Donald Iron Bear Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 23, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, LOUIE DONALD IRON BEAR, a 33-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared for sentencing. IRON BEAR was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 20 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

IRON BEAR 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:

In February of 2009, the U.S. Marshal's Service received information from the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office that IRON BEAR, a convicted sexual offender, was not currently properly registered and living in Poplar.

Court records reflect that in 2000, IRON BEAR was convicted of felony sexual abuse of a minor in federal district court in Montana. IRON BEAR was sentenced to 30 months prison to be followed by supervised release. Based on his conviction, IRON BEAR was required to register as a sexual offender. IRON BEAR registered at an address in Poplar when he last registered at the end of October, 2008.

When a check of that residence was done in February 2009, IRON BEAR was not living there. The current resident reported that IRON BEAR had moved out three months earlier and moved to a new address to live with his girlfriend. IRON BEAR'S girlfriend confirmed that he was living with her at a new address. IRON BEAR did not update his registration as required by law.

The Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Registry confirmed that IRON BEAR was out of compliance with Montana's Sexual Offender Registry requirements for failing to update his registration in Montana.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that IRON BEAR will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, IRON BEAR 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 a cooperative effort between the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service.



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