Erick Thomas Red Dog Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on March 15, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, ERICK THOMAS RED DOG, a 38-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared for sentencing. RED DOG was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 33 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 2 years
RED DOG was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On December 18, 2002, RED DOG was convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon thereby prohibiting him from possession of firearms.
On March 5, 2009, RED DOG possessed and discharged a Stevens .243 rifle outside of Wolf Point. RED DOG took the rifle away from his girlfriend's son while having a dispute with his girlfriend at her residence.
When interviewed, RED DOG admitted that he was in a bad mood and had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend. While he screamed at his girlfriend, her son came into the living room with his rifle. RED DOG admitted to taking the rifle from the son and putting it under his own chin. When RED DOG removed the rifle from his own chin, the rifle accidentally discharged and sent a bullet into the ceiling. RED DOG then threw the rifle to the ground, left the residence, and was arrested shortly thereafter by the Roosevelt County Sheriff's deputies.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that RED DOG will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, RED DOG 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 Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.