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Drew Rudy Whiteshield Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on November 24, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, DREW RUDY WHITESHIELD, a 23-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared for sentencing. WHITESHIELD was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 24 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

WHITESHIELD was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to sexual abuse of a minor.

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

During the summer of 2006, the victim was staying with WHITESHIELD'S mother in Lame Deer. At the time, the victim was 13 years old and WHITESHIELD was 20. After the summer, the victim returned to Oregon and, in December of 2006, she disclosed that she had been raped by WHITESHIELD. She said that she was in a downstairs bedroom, WHITESHIELD turned off the light, pushed her down on the bed and forced her to engage in sexual intercourse.

During the investigation, WHITESHIELD was interviewed and admitted that he had sexual intercourse with the victim at his mother's house. He claims that the sexual intercourse with the victim was consensual.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that WHITESHIELD will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, WHITESHIELD 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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