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Justin Phillip Whiteman Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on March 31, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, JUSTIN PHILLIP WHITEMAN, a 20-year-old resident of Hardin, appeared for sentencing. WHITEMAN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Probation: 3 years
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: $17,515.82

WHITEMAN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to theft.

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:

On the evening of December 19, 2008, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) received a report that there was a stolen pickup that had been wrecked by the Busby Post Office on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. The pickup had been stolen from the yard of a nearby house and then wrecked at the post office location. The truck crashed into a semi-truck and was totaled. The driver of the pickup, later identified as WHITEMAN, fled the scene. The value of the truck is approximately $21,000.

After talking with some juveniles who were in a van following the truck, law enforcement learned that WHITEMAN got a ride to the residence by the juveniles in the van, and that he then took the truck and crashed it.

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



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